Monday, September 20, 2021

Midweek Preview Sept 22 and Weekend Recap Sept 16-19

Fair amount of midweek action, all on a Wednesday.

Wednesday1:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@MontpellierBeIN La Liga
Wednesday2:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamWolverhampton (Cup)ESPN+
Wednesday2:45 PMHwang Hee ChanWolverhamptonTottenham (Cup)ESPN+
Wednesday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@LyonBeIN La Liga
Wednesday4:00 PMLee Kang InMallorca@Real MadridESPN+

Hwang Ui Jo-- Hwang had a huge brace in very difficult conditions which brought Bordeaux out of the relegation zone for the time being. His first was a relatively simple tap into an empty net. But his second was the highlight of the day, racing down perhaps a bit too deep and yet finding enough angle to beat defenders and goalkeeper on the far side despite what was a very wet pitch.  Apparently had a couple other chances but a good day. Should start.

Son Heung Min-- Son had a surprise start and Tottenham started to look more like Nuno's Wolves in terms of pace and pressing. Son was a big part of this but he started to struggle for impact as the match wore on, maybe reflective of fitness. Certainly a large part was Tottenham being completely controlled by Chelsea which is a worrisome trend after brief honeymoon period for Nuno. Son will likely get rested given injuries but then again, Tottenham need to get their confidence up so wouldn't rule him out for a large role or even a start.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Came on as a sub and created instant danger and flashed some great skills, particularly nutmegging a defender in the box with his heel, but couldn't quite get the last touch right in the limited showing and certainly Wolves were not looking great at that point after a frustrating day. Given cup match, I think HHC may get the chance to prove himself.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Still recovering with injury and I'm not sure if he'd be in squad if fit. Given that he's training at least partially, I'll just leave it there as he'll have to make squad first before opining about any minutes.

Lee Kang In-- Came on very late, with that entrance even more belated with the action not stopping while he was waiting to come in. Didn't do much and will hope for more of a chance midweek, though its a difficult matchup and high chance that he'll still be on the bench to start.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Streich played pretty conservatively and Jeong came on with a bit of a mixed bag with pace and energy helpful late but all the pieces not quite together with his teammates. I don't recall any major errors though.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Scored early, striking on a loose rebound and having his ball deflected into goal to keep his little scoring run going and keep Karlsruhe within shouting distance of the top.

Lee Jae Sung-- An unused sub which is a bit disappointing even if some was forced due to injury subs.

Park Kyu Hyun-- An unused sub.