Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recap and Schedule for Weekend of December 12th

A fair amount of televised coverage as we near winter break (there's Bundesliga action midweek):

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Friday2:30 PMKim Jin SuHoffenheimEintracht FrankfurtGolTV
Saturday9:30 AMHong Jeong HoAugsburgBayern MunichGolTV
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonDortmund@Hertha BerlinNone
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongBoltonIpswich TownNone
Saturday10:00 AMKim Bo KyungCardiff City@BournemouthNone
Saturday12:30 PMKoo Ja CheolMainzStuttgartGolTV
Saturday12:30 PMPark Joo HoMainzStuttgartGolTV
Sunday9:30 AMSon Heung MinBayer LeverkusenGladbachGolTV
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunCD Nacional@FC PenefielNone
Sunday11:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaTottenhamNBCSN
Monday3:00 PMYun Suk YoungQPR@EvertonNBCSN

Kim Jin Su started but had some troubles vs the speed of Dortmund and Aubameyang in particular as Hoffenheim lost by a goal.  As a result of BVB's speed, he often looked a bit indecisive as to go forward and help the struggling attack or sit back.  Hopefully it was a good learning experience for him as he adjusts to top tier football.  He should start this weekend.

Hong Jeong Ho came on as a late sub and he should be a defensive option off the bench again.

Ji Dong Won just returned to training.  The start/stop of his running is a bit of a concern in terms of the health of that knee.  He's also been linked with a potential loan out to SC Freiburg.  Dortmund is also getting a bit healthier if not necessarily playing better so I don't expect him to make the squad this weekend after so little training.

Lee Chung Yong won praise again this weekend though Bolton struggled to an away draw.  Lennon's given him a free role and he appears to be relishing the license to roam and utilize his footballing intelligence.  He shold start again.

Kim Bo Kyung played 90' but was criticized by his manager.  How this plays out this weekend is beyond me... whether he gets a spot on the bench, another chance to start and prove himself, or left off the squad.

Koo Ja Cheol played 66 minutes and provided more of what's become the norm for Koo: lots of energy and fight, some good moments, and a whole lot of rushed mistakes.  Mainz as a whole looked pretty awful against Hamburg who had been near the bottom of the table.  Koo should start but he may have to start producing.  He did have a minor calf re-aggravation though he said that he should be ok for the weekend.

Park Joo Ho on the other hand was ok enough but was again, a low impact player though less error prone than Koo.  He eventually got moved back to LB as Diaz was poor, and perhaps he will return to LB this weekend where he should start somewhere on the pitch.

Son Heung Min was rested as Leverkusen was already through to the knockout stages.  He did come on at the end and provided an initial burst of energy before the match ground down into a disjointed disaster.  He should start this weekend.

Suk played a half before being subbed out.  He's been starting regularly even if he's not playing 90.

Ki Sung Yueng struggled to have an influence as Swansea was beaten badly as they struggled to handle the pressure of West Ham.  Without their traditional possession, Ki was often limited to helping in the scramble around the box.  Swansea has played well against higher table sides so perhaps they can re-establish their form this weekend.  Ki should start.

Yun Suk Young played 90' and was hardly challenged.  Near the end he had a well timed run and was only a great save away from scoring his first Premier League goal.  He should start again.