Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Recap Jan 9 and Midweek Schedule Jan 12

Suk's transfer to Porto still unconfirmed as of typing time but with Vitoria's manager discussing his final farewell to Suk, it looks like any minute and I don't think he'll play today so I'll write the recap now.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Tuesday2:45 PMYun Suk YoungQPR@BlackburnNone
Tuesday3:45 PMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Aston VillaNBC Extra Time
Wednesday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengSwanseaSunderlandNBC Extra Time
Wednesday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamLeicester CityNBC Extra Time
Offn/aSuk Hyun JunVitoria Setubal

Lee Chung Yong -- An unused substitute.  Hard to guess reasons and they could be positive, negative or both.  I'm leaning towards last... I'm guessing Pardew wanted to judge less used players but also that LCY will be buried a bit depth wise with guys like Sako coming back healthy.  I expect a bench role for him midweek.

Yun Suk Young -- Didn't feature at all.  Unless he has an injury that is undisclosed (QPR has a no injury discussion policy lately), he'll have to look elsewhere if he wants to play before his contract runs out.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Was left off completely to keep him healthy and safe for PL match this week, so he should start this critical match.

Son Heung Min -- Finally got the start but boy did it start off awful.  Playing CF role, he looked totally lost... often coming far too back to get the ball when Tottenham needed an escape valve up top, and running into already occupied spaces and mistiming every run that he did make.  His touches were marginally better than last time out though and it helped him improve in the second half.  He was still making numerous positional blunders but was able to create a bit of danger with his touches.  Really disappointing and he'll probably be on the bench for the rematch.

Suk Hyun Jun -- As mentioned above, I suspect he'll be left off finally as the deal closes.