Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Weekend Recap Jan 20th

There's ostensibly a cup match midweek for Suk's club, but with Suk out for a while, not bothering to look up details for a match not televised in the states and of limited interest to this blog.

Lee Seung Woo -- Mis-listed start time but I guess no big deal as LSW remains an unused bench player.

Ji Dong Won -- Returned to training Tuesday so maybe he can pitch in this weekend.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Didn't watch most of this one, as he was subbed off only a few minutes after I tuned in. He looked a bit rough and reports were that he struggled in the RW role.

Lee Chung Yong -- Looks like Hodgson's message to ownership by refusing to use his bench except in most minimal way, leaving LCY there as emergency depth only, is working with several new signings. We will see if it pushes LCY off benchwarming duty out of the squad. Sadly, no transfer news lately so looks like it remains.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- He was benched, and probably wouldn't have been a great match for him anyway as the pitch was soggy mud and when he did get on, struggled to put in the technical play in such horrible conditions (with players literally falling to the ground trying to kick). Didn't get to do much in the 10 minutes or so.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Out injured.

Son Heung Min -- With Tottenham struggling with Eriksen absence and apparently illness around, Son really had a hard time having an impact on the match. Was a bit surprising that he was taken off as problems looked to be in the center midfield area, but Poch said that unnamed others were ill as well and he looked really slow in recovery from sprinting back to help on defense on a counterattack. We'll see if he bounces back to form.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Not as good a match as previous week, but he played ok in a match where it was about effort more so than class. Ki was in a pair of defensive midfielders as Swansea spent much of match in a very defensive 5-4-1. Ki did have a few nice touches going forward but usually he rushed right back to a deeper role which impaired his ability to be a positive offensive force. I did think that Fer and Ki really played off each other well... too bad it seems both are never healthy / playing hard at the same time.