Saturday, January 16, 2016

Midweek Recap Jan 12 and Weekend Schedule/Preview Jan 16

So Suk Hyun Jun's big move to Porto was finally completed!  Exciting times for the kid.  Sorry for the late post.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday7:45 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamSunderlandNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Man CityNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMYun Suk YoungQPR@RotherhamNone
Sunday3:30 PMSuk Hyun JunPorto@GuimaraesNone
Monday3:00 PMKi Sung YuengSwanseaWatfordNBCSN
Winter Breakn/aHong Jeong HoAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aPark Joo HoDortmund
Winter Breakn/aKim Jin SuHoffenheim

Son Heung Min -- A late sub with about 10 minutes and didn't do much though didn't have too much opportunity.  Perhaps Pochettino is willing to give him a chance to start again with Tottenham sputtering a bit but with Leicester coming up again midweek in FA cup replay, he may have to wait on the bench Saturday and prove himself midweek.

Lee Chung Yong -- Left off the squad in a frustrating turn of events.  Pardew went with a really strange XI and bench and we'll see how Chungy fits in on Saturday though I suspect he'll be lucky to make the bench again.

Yun Suk Young -- Left off squad and probably again this weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Having just signed with Porto, he will probably be on the bench as he's not well integrated but perhaps a late debut as a sub is in the cards.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Pretty poor from Ki.  He started off sloppy and again continued to struggle with Sunderland's pressing him deep in his own half and almost gave up the ball in dangerous spots.  Despite that he pushed ahead aggressively and created a few chances for himself.  But the toll of playing with 10 men seemed to wear on Ki highly and he was largely invisible for much of the match.  Disappointing given the rest he was given and he'll look to atone as he probably will start this weekend.

Hong Jeong Ho Ji Dong Won Koo Ja Cheol -- They all missed the first friendly with minor knocks though Koo's a bit more serious and not traveling with squad to training camp.  They have another friendly this weekend so hopefully the first action of 2016 for Ji/HJH.

Park Joo Ho -- He was good in their first friendly, showing some better quickness and pace.  But in the second (where I watched only the first half), he had some large defensive errors and struggled as he did in the first half.  Reportedly he did a bit better in the second half and at least scored a good goal.  With Durm finally getting fit and Schmelzer recovering, we'll see how much time PJH gets when they return to Germany.

Kim Jin Su -- In the first friendly, he played the first scoreless half.  In the second, he played 90 in a friendly and Hoffenheim had a clean sheet.  Neither were streamed so we'll take the clean sheets as positive signs.