Monday, January 27, 2020

Midweek Preview Jan 28 and Weekend Recap Jan 25

Was pretty limited watching as I mentioned last I posted.


Yun Il Lok-- Montepellier @ Belfort (Cup) - 12:30 PM, no TV -- Yun did make the bench for the first time this weekend but didn't get to get on the pitch. Maybe he gets a chance in the cup? Don't have a good temperature reading on this yet.


Lee Kang In-- Valencia @ Leonesa (Cup) - 1 PM on ESPN+ -- Lee Kang In did not get off the bench this weekend in an upset win over Barcelona but that's a positive sign for a start midweek in the cup.


Hwang Ui Jo-- Played 90 in a win, but I didn't watch and reports were that he missed several good opportunities and was more energetic than quality.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- I saw that he got subbed off around 70 so was worried that he hadn’t done well but I think he played really well and was unfortunate that three beautiful passes were not scored. Perhaps he had a few passes that were unnecessarily risky but only in terms of decision making rather than truly dangerous. It wasn’t all roses as he himself had a very open chance which he launched over from close range and he wasn’t consistently involved the action as one might like. But I thought a good showing IMO.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Won the AFC U23 which is a good thing, though he didn't look great in the half that he played, missing several chances to score as he looked like he was trying too hard.

Ji Dong Won-- Did not come on

Ki Sung Yueng-- Not in squad as he works through "injury" / looks for new club.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on as a sub with 20 minutes left but couldn't change the outcome. Didn't watch to see how he did.

Son Heung Min-- Didn’t watch but he did score so hopefully on the right track for more meaningful matches.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend Preview Jan 25 and Midweek Recap Jan 21

Won't be watching much this weekend as kid has a tournament but many likely won't play much given opponents or cups.

Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgPaderbornFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgPaderbornFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainz@GladbachFox Sports 2
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleOxford (Cup)ESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Southampton (Cup)ESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMLee Kang InValenciaBarcelonaBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMYun Il LokMontpellierDijonBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsMetzNone
Sunday11:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@NantesBeIn Play

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Given good play last week, seems likely that he will start this weekend barring not being 100%.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Still with KNT U23

Ji Dong Won-- Hopefully getting fitter to make his Mainz debut but don't expect a big role.

Ki Sung Yueng-- I think he's still out with "injury" but if he's fit, a cup seems it would be a good chance. That said Bruce sounds like he's gonna go strong this weekend especially with two new players to debut, so maybe even that possibility is out.

Son Heung Min-- Wasn't a pretty match, and Son wasted some good half-chances. Feels like the pressure to score was started to weigh on him, especially given infrequent opportunities in this broken Tottenham side. But he became hero at the end, heading in a deflected Alli shot/cross from a foot out and buying Tottenham a lifeline to CL/EL spots. Its a cup match so Son likely to get a rest, but with a full week until Man City, maybe gets a run out.

Lee Kang In-- I didn't get a chance to watch much, but reports were generally positive on a scrappy cup match on a rough pitch. He had a nice turn and shot cleared off the line, but was subbed off at 60 which may be due to his fitness levels. Given opponent, I don't expect much this weekend, maybe a cameo in waning minutes if things are ugly.

Yun Il Lok-- I still don't know where this guy stands so will have to wait and see.

Suk Hyun Jun-- I assume a continued bench role.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Bordeaux is stalling out in the bottom half of the table so not sure how the side will be put together...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Midweek Preview Jan 21 and Weekend Recap Jan 18

A great weekend from Kwon Chang Hoon and a return for Lee Kang In.

Tuesday2:30 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@EvertonNBC Gold
Wednesday2:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamNorwichNBC Gold
Wednesday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsPSG (Cup)BeIn
Wednesday3:00 PMLee Kang InValencia@Logrones (Cup)ESPN+
OffHwang Ui JoBordeaux
OffJeong Woo YeongFreiburg
OffKwon Chang HoonFreiburg
OffJi Dong WonMainz

Ki Sung Yueng-- Seems Bruce is eager to get him out the door so doubt he'd be in squad even if fit. Bruce implied that Ki also wants to move so we'll see if anything progresses on that front.

Son Heung Min-- Tottenham had a strong start, but continued to struggle to penetrate the box and create good chances. Son did get a few quality opportunities but didn't convert and was less dangerous as the match wore on. Continued worrisome performances from the entire side and the pressure to score has to start wearing on Son, which we know isn't his best mental approach. That said, the gap to 4th remains reachable as everyone above continues to struggle. Probably starts again as few other consistent attacking options.

Suk Hyun Jun-- I assume will be on the bench.

Lee Kang In-- Didn't expect him to return so quickly and it was super early so missed his action. That said, Valencia were down to 10 men so not sure he could do a lot, and from what I gather, had a hand in the one goal by winning the ball. Not sure if he's fit enough to start a cup match, but I think he should be involved.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- A very strong match for Kwon as he was primary offensive force with his aggressive play, both in terms of approach on the dribble and shooting, and his fighting, winning aerial balls and sacrificing himself to win fouls. It almost started off miserably as his backpass to the GK hung awkwardly and almost blooped into goal. But Kwon turned things better with a shot just inches wide first, then scoring a nice goal on the break, running onto a cross and first timing the ball wonderfully into goal. Was eventually subbed off but made a strong case for another start next weekend.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- With KNT U23

Ji Dong Won-- Made the bench but not fit enough to play I don't think as he continues to be training in a rehabilitative fashion.

Yun Il Lok-- Too soon.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekend Preview Jan 18 and Midweek Recap Jan 14

UPDATE: Yun Il Lok makes the move to France. I know nothing about Montpelier and its surprising to see a player move at his age, but I'll take another player to watch, even if its on painful BeIn

Winter break finally over. I know its good for the players but less fun for us watching.

Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@WatfordNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@MainzFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@MainzFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainzFreiburgFox Match Pass
Saturday12:30 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastleChelseaNBC
Sunday6:00 AMLee Kang InValencia@MallorcaBeIn
Sunday11:15 AMYun Il LokMontpelierCaen (Cup)None
OffHwang Ui JoBordeaux
OffSuk Hyun JunReims

Son Heung Min-- I haven't watched his thirty minutes yet midweek where Tottenham was in the lead but apparently on the defense for much of the final stretch, but I assume that he's going to start this weekend.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Streich has been relatively positive about KCH so he's likely to at least contribute as before, aka as a sub, if not more. Not expecting a start yet given his slow start to the second half health-wise.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- With KNT U23

Ji Dong Won-- We'll see where he is in his recovery... will he be fit and in form enough to be on the bench? I don't expect a big role in either case.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Still out this weekend. Not sure it makes a difference.

Lee Kang In-- It seems he's nearing fitness so we'll see if he's rushed back with some injury concerns around Ferran (though I think not as severe as first thought).

Yun Il Lok-- I know nothing about his transfer... a cup seems like a good way to make a debut but its also two days which seems too short to integrate. We'll find out.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Played full 120 minutes and had a shot off the woodwork, but reports weren't great out of his showing. Hopefully just getting back into the swing of things.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on for final minute in what I assume was a time wasting move, or to get a big body for a final set piece.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Midweek Preview Jan 14 and Weekend Recap Jan 11

Oops, meant to post this Monday as I wrote it on Sunday but oh well.

Cup action which I can’t watch most of but I did watch French guys this week...

Tuesday3:05 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamMiddlesbrough (Cup]ESPN+
Tuesday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastleRochdale (Cup)None
Wednesday1:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@AmiensBeIn Play
Thursday2:55 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@Pau (Cup)BeIn
Winter BreakJeong Woo YeongFreiburg
Winter BreakKwon Chang HoonFreiburg
Winter BreakJi Dong WonMainz
Winter BreakLee Kang InValencia

Son Heung Min-- Played 90 and was dangerous at times with limited impact but will probably be remembered this weekend for a miss when he first timed over, with some pressure but also plenty of open goal to shoot at. Tottenham struggled again in transition until adding Lo Celso and Lamela. Hopefully Mourinho can focus on fixing that though it has been his largest weakness recently. As for cup, I imagine they want to win to keep trophy hopes alive as well as chance at Europa if league struggles continue. As such I think Son starts but a bench role is also possible.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Out injured and Bruce sounded skeptical of both improvement in health and players outside his core. I’m guessing Ki misses out for one of these reasons but a start is also possible as a warm body if he’s fit.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Started but struggled to get into flow, even as a target man.  But he had two good moments, once getting for a long ball and sending in a cross which might have been PK, and another when he won a headed pass for a leveler that was ruled out for offside. Was taken off when they went down a man but likely was going to be subbed regardless as he wasn’t winning a lot of balls or contributing much else otherwise. I expect him to be on bench midweek but maybe just pessimistic and Reims could go two up top again

Hwang Ui Jo-- Came on as a sub in AM role with 20 minutes but Bordeaux struggled to get into attack or having flow and as a result couldn’t impact match with his minimal touches. I think they might start him to get his confidence up.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- With KNT U23

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Played 2nd half of a friendly and looked lively though small total minutes played are a bit of a concern but may be related to injury earlier in week. Had an awful pass in dangerous area that almost led to a goal, but he was good in attack, linking well and had a few shots just miss.

Ji Dong Won-- Played 20 minutes as a sub and like HUJ, didn’t really get the touches but his movement looked a bit better than his last run out.

Lee Kang In-- We will see when he returns as he just joined full team training.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weekend Preview Jan 11 and Midweek Recap Jan 7

Winter break is almost over. A fair amount of friendlies today and maybe a handful more this weekend.

Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@WolverhamptonNBC Gold
Saturday11:30 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxLyonBeIn
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamLiverpoolNBC
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@NimesBeIn Esp
Winter BreakJeong Woo YeongFreiburg
Winter BreakKwon Chang HoonFreiburg
Winter BreakJi Dong WonMainz
Winter BreakLee Kang InValencia

Ki Sung Yueng-- More concrete noise about Newcastle wanting to sell Ki, but I'm not sold that he wants to give up on his PL salary. He picked up an "injury" last weekend so it sounds like he's out for tomorrow but we'll see if that injury is real or protecting a potential transfer move.

Hwang Ui Jo-- He's back and available. We'll see in what role with another attacker signed and some time off, or if he's put on the bench until he's back up to speed.

Son Heung Min-- He should start.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on for final minutes in what appears to be to get some fresh legs in for final minutes as they were a man down. So maybe he missed last weekend for other reasons.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- With KNT U23 team.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- He had a muscle issue that hampered his start to winter training, but he played the second half of one of two friendly matches vs 'Gladbach. He looks pretty good in the first ten minutes or so that I've seen.

Ji Dong Won-- He got a quarter of a match minutes as he started a friendly. He looked very rusty as his positioning and reaction times were definitely off. He did have a couple flashes with some good passes and seemed to move ok but it will be some time I think before he's back to his prior level.

Lee Kang In-- He did travel but it seems just to get some warm weather training with the side. Reports say still a couple weeks away.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Midweek Preview Jan 7 and Weekend Recap Jan 3

Finally some football to watch even if the football itself was bleh.


Suk Hyun Jun -- Reims vs. Strasbourg (Cup) at 3 PM ET on BeIn - Left out of squad this weekend leaves his future at Reims very unclear and seems unlikely to be in squad midweek unless it was a minor knock that left him out.


Lee Kang In -- Valencia vs  Real Madrid (Cup) at 2 PM ET on ESPN Deportes - Out and will miss next match before full reintegration in winter camp. I imagine this will be on other channels too but not gonna look with LKI out.


Ki Sung Yueng -- I guess reflective of his status that he remained on the bench, but did come on around 53 minutes. He seemed to be moving ok and also driven to make an impact, with some good balls forward and several half-decent shots. He even tried on defense but his lack of top speed at this stage of his career stood out when he had to try to cover for turnovers by teammates such as what led to the equalizing goal. I suspect Bruce will focus on Ki's lack of pace as a proxy for workrate, his primary criteria, when the turnovers by his teammates were far more problematic in my opinion. The good news out of such a draw is that there will be a replay and maybe more chances for minutes for Ki, but I think PL minutes look slim.

Son Heung Min -- Was hard to judge Tottenham's attack so much as they struggled in transition badly but looked decent when they got in the box. Son did best when helping get from midway to the attacking box, but tried too hard once he got there or waited too long for things to line up. It was refreshing to see him play with Sessegnon who appears to be an upgrade over other LBs this season. A frustrating day overall for team and Son and not ideal ahead of Liverpool.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Should be returning to side soon.