Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekend Recap Feb 24th

Improved from Kwon Chang Hoon and Ji this weekend but still three without action:

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Came on as a sub with 20ish minutes left. He played well, disproving some of his manager's concerns of his physicality as he battled hard. He had a few too fancy tricks that were too easily snuffed out, with some in dangerous places but it also shows a confidence that's good to see. Without having watched the other parts of the match, I thought he did very well and seemed to have a decent argument for a bigger role. That said, he looked a bit short on gas when he had additional responsibility of playing second forward in attack when they went down to 10 men after a red card and will be a concern for ODO.

Ji Dong Won -- Augsburg spent more time in a 4-2-3-1 and Ji seemed a bit more comfortable with the additional license to drift more centrally and was rewarded with the winning assist as he sat in the hole and threaded a great pass to Bobadilla. He also had a hand in the equalizer, attacking the box and attempting a good cross which would find its way to Kohr to get a PK. That said, there were continued problems with Ji playing out wide, such as a few horrific crosses and an inability to create width consistently. Still a positive step and rewarded with 90 minutes.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo started off very brightly, and was important to Augsburg's buildup and possession play but started to disappear for stretches at a time over the middle portion of the match. Fortunately for Augsburg, in the final minutes he made his presence felt with some good headers and runs which helped shift the match towards Darmstadt's goal.

Park Joo Ho -- Nothing.

Lee Chung Yong -- Nothing.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Still out injured. Seems Swansea put up a valiant effort vs league leaders though.

Son Heung Min -- Came on for garbage time as Poch stuck with five in the back. The good news is that he's highest on the substitute attackers pecking order by far but bad news is that he's not in Poch's perceived best XI. Two of Tottenham defenders went down to injury so we'll see if Poch switches back to four in the back and re-introduce Son.