Chung-yong Lee has been a bit-part player for Crystal Palace ever since his questionable arrival during the winter transfer window of the 2014/15 season from Bolton.
He started off this season though as somewhat of a regular under Alan Pardew but began to be used sparingly in the Winter and has been on the outside looking in since Sam Allardyce’s arrival.
Lee has made just four appearances in the Premier League since Allardyce took over before Christmas, with his last out in all competitions coming over six weeks ago in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City.
Palace have won their last two games and Lee understands that he faces an uphill battle to get his place back.
“We have been playing well and won the last two games, so I am happy for the team and the new players will help us,” he exclusively told the Croydon Advertiser.
“I am still hoping to be given a chance to help them more. It has been a difficult time for me, as I haven’t been on the bench for the last five games or so.
“I need to keep fit, so that’s why I wanted to stay behind and play for the U23 side (last week).
“I just need to focus to play every week, even if I just play in the second half. I need to keep concentrating, but it is not good for me not playing.
“I have two months left of the season. I want to play obviously, but I just want to show the manager in training that he can change his decision.
“I don’t want to speak to the manager (again), I just him to pick me from what I show him in training. I just need to keep training and working hard and that’s it.”
With his place in the squad uncertain after not travelling with the squad on their warm weather camp in Morocco, Lee just wants to showcase what he can do before thinking of his future.
“I just think I need to show what I can do in the league games coming up before I can think about my future,” he said.
“It is important for me and I really hope I can play more in the next two months.
“I have one more year on my contract but I don’t know what will happen.”