||£200k (1 yr)
11 Sep 2002
|Date of birth
||26 January 1978
||64 Caps for China
|Reading the game
Breaking up attacks
|Not quite good enough?
Li Wei Feng played for Shenzhen Pingan -
Pingan being the club name and Shenzhen being the city in China
where they play. The City of Shenzhen is right
on the border with Hong Kong.
BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) China's central defender Li Wei Feng
woke up this morning to find that his long-time dream comes true
in the upcoming season he will play with Premiership club Everton,
something he has been longing for.
"I was in Shanghai with Shenzhen
Pingan in preparation for tomorrow's division A match against
Shanghai SVA," Li told press, "last night I had a good
sleep making no dream. And this morning when I got up, I was told
that I have been loaned to Everton."
"Even now I cannot
calm myself down," the 23-year-old defender said, "you
know when I was a child I dreamed that one day I could go to play in
the Premiership. And now it suddenly comes true. I need some time to
let it sink in."
Li's windfall move benefited from a
sponsorship contract between Everton and China Kejian
Company, a mobile phone manufacturer. According to the contract,
Kejian should send a player to play with Everton in the upcoming
season. They picked Li.
However, according to the gossip, David Moyes was eying a different
player with a similar name, Li Tie, and had no intention of taking
on Wei Feng. But the decision was forced through (the price of
sponsorship?), forcing Moyes to demand that Li Tie join as well.
Li Wei Feng is a pacey and disciplined
centre-half. His strengths are reading the game and breaking up
opponents attack, especially after breakdown situations. He's decent
in the air, but was beaten flat by Paolo Wanchope at the World Cup.
He's at his best when the ball is on the ground, and is especially
good in the 1-on-1 situation where his pace lets him run with the opponent
and then nick the ball.
He's very drilled in "the
system" and has got a good positional sense. His best position
for Everton would probably be as the left sided centre-half in a back three as he can be vulnerable if the
defense is under pressure in a back four.
Li Wei Feng has sound positional sense and is a good reader of
the game. He formed a great
understanding with Fan Zhiyi in the centre of China's defence and is strong in the air.
Quick across the ground, he is also a good
organiser of his fellow defenders. Even if he is not a
player Moyes particularly wanted, he has some great potential.
But that potential would not be realized at Everton, as Wei Feng first
returned home with a bad nose injury, and then decided to stay in China,
rejoining his Shenzhen club (now no longer Shenzhen Kejian but Shenzhen
Jian Lia Bao, the new sponsor who is in to soft drinks).