Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekend Preview - Oct 20th and Midweek Recap - Oct 17th

There's some midweek action next week so we'll see if that impacts selection this weekend.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgHannoverFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgHannoverFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@NewcastleNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaLeicester CityNBC Gold
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@MetzNone
Sunday6:30 AMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@Chievo VeronaBeIn Play
Sunday11:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamLiverpoolNBCSN
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesLyonBeIn Play

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Seems manager is starting to trust him so we should see him start this weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He's not been used and perhaps he gets a run out next week instead of anything beyond warming bench or a late sub at best.

Lee Seung Woo -- Given its a derby and looking to build positive momentum, I doubt LSW will play unless it gets really ugly.

Ji Dong Won -- He missed fair amount of training this week so we'll see if it impacts his availability. Cordova is hurt so hopefully Ji is fit enough to take his squad place.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo should start but Baum could look to a different DM combo again.

Lee Chung Yong -- I don't think he'll be in the squad and he'll have to hope for some sort of role midweek.

Ki Sung Yueng -- With Fer out and a lot of positive comments from Clement, one would think that Ki should start, but Ki said he's still not 100% so we'll see if he's good enough to possibly go 90. A good chance to earn a bigger role but of course whenever a knee injury is involved, caution may rule the day.

Son Heung Min -- What looked a bit like an low-downside experiment to field a number of bench guys, leaving out Son for most of the match, turned into a weekend selection problem. Son did get on in the final minutes and even had a chance to win it had he been quicker to shoot, but when the team looks as tough as they did against Real Madrid (albeit aided by excellent work from Lloris and some unlucky finishes from RM), the battle for minutes becomes a lot more difficult. Fortunately, there a lot of minutes to distribute this week so we'll see if Son starts Sunday or midweek. I suspect Poch will want Son's ability to counterattack but Poch right now is a bit unpredictable.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend Recap Oct 14th and Midweek Preview Oct 17th

Some surprise starts but only watched some as I was gone much of the weekend. Hope to catch up on some when I get a chance.

Son Heung Min -- Tottenham go to Real Madrid - 2:45 PM ET on Fox Sports 2. Son was a surprise starter this weekend when Davies was ruled out with illness. He started off in the LWB spot but quickly shifted in a more normal attacking midfielder role with Tottenham switching to back four. Son had a lot of license to roam and had some very good touches, but also looked a bit lost in spaces as well. With Davies out again and Rose not ready to go, we will see what role he gets but he should start if only out of necessity.


Ji Dong Won -- Apparently during cellular outage I suffered at work, I missed the news that he had picked up a knock. Getting back in squad will be hard as long as results keep going well and he keeps  getting minor injuries.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Started and played ok. Looked a bit flat from international duty and struggled to be impactful. He did have a defensive lapse which fortunately wasn’t punished.

Lee Chung Yong -- With Zaha fit, Lee Chung Yong dropped from squad and we will see when he returns.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Came on as a sub for last twenty minutes or so. Still looking a bit slow but had some sharp moves including hitting it inches off the target. Not a bad showing and perhaps he’s getting near a bigger role.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Starting vs PSG shows that he’s being trusted more and did well from what I gather but I didn’t watch.

Suk Hyun Jun -- An unused sub which isn’t a great sign.

Lee Seung Woo -- First three points of season is good for team but obviously meant manager wasn’t going to risk bringing on LSW.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weekend Preview Oct 14th

Pretty ugly international week. Not really major thoughts but to say that everything was wrong. And players have a lot of fault too.

As for matches, we'll see how much I watch this weekend as I may be out this weekend.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@HoffenheimFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@HoffenheimFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceChelseaNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaHuddersfield Town
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamBournemouthCNBC
Saturday11:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijonPSGBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@LilleNone
Monday2:45 PMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaBeneventoBeIn

Ji Dong Won -- He played a good number of minutes with KNT which is good, scoring a goal, but he will have to wait for his chance... maybe he makes it into squad.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Since the travel is so much shorter, he has a good chance of starting this weekend. Baum may go with the more defensive Khedira though.

Lee Chung Yong -- Maybe he makes the end of the bench.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He had some minutes but not a ton while with KNT. I'm not sure what that means for his recovery... we'll see if he's in the squad this weekend but I don't expect anything more than a bench role.

Son Heung Min -- With Alli still out of next week's CL match,  I expect Son on the bench this weekend ahead of a start midweek as they've been alternating.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- A bright spot in what KNT action I saw, linking well with Son and pushing forward despite little support around him. I doubt he'd start against PSG given Dijon's defensive problems.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He had his first start ruined by a red card... with a full international week to integrate, perhaps he earns another start this weekend with bench if not.

Lee Seung Woo -- I expect a continuation of prior weeks... let's hope for some late minutes.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekend Recap Sept 30th

International break coming up. A bit more action than anticipated.

Son Heung Min -- Came on in final minutes of match but did have a good move when he got the opportunity, dribbling well and feeding a good pass that would lead to a goal.

Ji Dong Won -- As things go well for Augsburg, Ji remains left out even if the attacking options for Augsburg haven't been fully convincing. Hopefully he gets a chance sooner or later.

Koo Ja Cheol -- After suffering a concussion last weekend, he apparently recovered enough to make the bench, and when Khedira went out with injury, Koo came on late in the first half. I haven't gotten to watch all of his minutes but he looked good in the parts I saw. The major error was a shirt grab that  was called for a PK on VAR which was dubious.

Lee Chung Yong -- Made the bench. Wasn't involved in the huge beating that Crystal Palace suffered.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He played an hour with the reserves. He started off pretty sluggishly but started to find some rhythm towards the end of the first half (I didn't watch his last 15 min).

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Came on as a late sub but had a good impact, knocking in a good cross for a goal. Unfortunately, Dijon managed to concede in final minute.

Lee Seung Woo -- An unused sub. Verona did waste a sub on an injury but it was surprising he didn't come on despite them getting beaten down again. If you're gonna lose bad, you'd think that you'd play your kids to give them time to develop. Hopefully he takes advantage of international break to earn a bigger role going forward.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Was a starter... but then was taken off after 30 minutes when Troyes picked up a red card and needed a tactical substitution. But a positive sign as Suk seems to be progressing in his integration.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weekend Schedule Sept 30th and Midweek Recap Sept 26th

Could be thin action this weekend

Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Huddersfield TownNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgDortmundFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgDortmundFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Man UtdNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@West HamNBC Gold
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonStrasbourgNone
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@TorinoBeIn Play
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesSt EtienneBeIn Play

Son Heung Min -- Looked sloppy all day, even relative to his teammates who were also showed a lack of precision. Missed a wide open header from just a few feet away, and his passes were not accurate. He did have one nice shot that was a small deflection away from going in but it wasn't a great showing. I'd expect Son on the bench this weekend given short rest.

Koo Ja Cheol -- I'd expect him to be out with a concussion.

Ji Dong Won -- Maybe he makes the squad this weekend with Koo out.

Lee Chung Yong -- Maybe he warms the bench with Benteke out.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Scheduled for reserve action.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- We'll see how much defensive failing ODO is willing to take, but I'd expect KCH to sit as an offensive option off the bench.

Lee Seung Woo -- Was his cameo a sign of a bigger role? Verona doesn't really have much to lose at this point... hopefully he's at least moved up to a legit option off the bench.

Suk Hyun Jun -- We will see if he's a late option off the bench.

Weekend Recap Sept 23rd and Midweek Schedule Sept 26th

Finally a debut for Lee Seung Woo!

Son Heung Min -- Tottenham at Apoel - 2:45 PM on ESPN3/Fox Match Pass. Son wasn’t used but he should start today with Alli and Eriksen both out.

Ji Dong Won -- Was left off squad again.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Was playing well but then got knocked on the back of the head. He tried to continue but a subsequent knock pushed him past the concussion line and had to be subbed off with this weekend in doubt.

Lee Chung Yong -- Left off squad as they were pounded by Man City.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Out with injury and should feature for reserves this weekend.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- A mixed bag as his defensive shortcomings meant an early end to his day despite earning a PK and making other good offensive contributions. But his lack of wide player quickness was exposed in first goal, letting his man walk right by.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Wasn’t used as Troyes were down to ten men.

Lee Seung Woo -- A ten minute debut and I didn’t get to watch but reports were that he tried hard and showed flashes but also some mistakes. I’m not sure it would normally be enough to push him up depth chart but they have nothing to lose as they keep getting destroyed every weekend.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Midweek Recap Sept 19th and Weekend Preview Sept 22nd

Cup matches weren't televised so hard to know how well midweek showings went for many of the guys. Health looks to be improving so we'll see what role is there for those recovering...

Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@West HamNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@StuttgartFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@StuttgartFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Man CityNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaWatfordNBC Gold
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@LyonNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@MetzNone
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaLazioBeIn Play

Son Heung Min -- I forgot about CL next week, where a start midweek, bench weekend and start in CL (as Alli suspended) makes some sense. Reportedly played well and was very unlucky to not score. As I mentioned, probably bench this weekend ahead of CL midweek.

Ji Dong Won -- Not in squad and with things going great for Augsburg, will have to be patient though with Baier suspended, perhaps he gets a bench spot.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Was rotated out, and unclear if due to preference or fatigue, but he came on at halftime for Gregoritsch (I assume minor knock for latter). Instead of slotting into CAM role though, Baum changed the shape and Koo was alongside Baier in a deeper role. He played well and tidy and looked energetic in the rare times he pushed forward too. Not the best use of his talents in this role as he's often poorly positioned on defense but for now it is working.

Lee Chung Yong -- Started, reportedly as part of a strike pair though I assume he was more of a 10 than a 9. He played 90 so couldn't have been horrific as before, but didn't do much to win back the fans. I expect a bench role for him this weekend.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He returned to full training today but I'd suspect its too early this weekend.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- He was seen in training pics today so hopefully he's nearing a return to the squad but I'd expect bench for him even if fit.

Suk Hyun Jun -- We'll see if he gets a larger role but I'd have to expect for now a bench striker role for him.

Lee Seung Woo -- Disappointingly remained unused midweek as Kean looks to be higher up on the "young attacker on bench" role. It is early still so hopefully he gets to debut soon but for now, I'd expect him to be on the bench and probably remain unused.