Thursday, October 14, 2021

Weekend Preview Oct 16 and Recap Oct 3

Back after international break. Seo Jong Min back in the lineup after entering the match last weekend.

Saturday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherAueNone
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgLeipzigESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainz@DortmundESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@Aston VillaNBCSN
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InMallorca@Real SociedadESPN+
Sunday7:30 AMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@DarmstadtNone
Sunday7:30 AMSeo Jong MinDynamo DresdenNurnbergNone
Sunday7:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesNiceBeIN Xtra
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxNantesBeIN
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@NewcastleNBCSN

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Apparently had a decent game in a draw, playing almost the whole match. Should start.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Haven't watched all of this match, but it was a mixed bag for Jeong in what I saw, more so with quiet periods rather than bad errors, though he did have a few passes that were too cute and led to opposition breaks. He had a real nice opportunity to score on a mis-cleared ball that landed right in front of him, but he got the corner of his knee which resulted in the ball going over. Given international duty, may be on the bench but should come on if they need offense.

Lee Jae Sung-- Disappointing to not see the pitch again despite the good showing last time. Not sure how much one can attribute to upcoming international break or what but given minutes, unlikely to do more than a cameo off the bench.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Really weird to see Hwang be the finisher that Wolves need so badly given struggles to be that most of his career, and even recently with KNT. Even though his total throughput was a bit more choppy than prior weeks, two really well taken goals when his side needed is a great sign and should start if recovered.

Lee Kang In-- Started off really quiet and when he started to turn it on in the second half, he started to fatigue and also overly favor his left foot leading to some missed chances due to the extra touch needed to shift the ball over. His shooting and free kicks were also a bit off; perhaps the minutes after a season of doing so little are starting to catch up to him and manager likely thought the same subbing him off. Likely to start.

Park Kyu Hyun-- Didn't play with first team but with schedule lining up, was able to get minutes with B team ahead of getting dental surgery over international break, scoring a goal. On the bench I think though not sure how the squad is doing fitness wise in terms of impact at the bottom of the squad.

Seo Jong Min-- Came on with 20 to go with the match still tight score-wise, but Dresden looked defeated already with some lackluster buildup and then some defensive frailty to give up a pair of goals. He had a couple nice touches playing as a left attacking player, starting off on the wing and pushing further up as score got worse, but also played showed his age with a couple excessive dribbles. Not much to note but hopefully a sign that he's working up the depth chart. We'll see if he continues to get a bench role.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Suk finally made the squad and even went right into the action, coming on as a sub. It sounded like he had a couple chances but not enough to score. Likely on the bench.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Another rough day at the office for Bordeaux though HUJ was apparently not the weakest in the offense and starved of service. Should start given extra day of rest.

Son Heung Min-- After coming on midweek with little to do with a lead that soon got blown out, Son took the team on his shoulders on Sunday and carried them to victory despite the intermittent struggles of Kane and continuing mistakes from the backline. Son looked the fastest player on the pitch and Aston Villa made little attempt to compensate for their shortcomings: Son took full advantage providing the work for both goals by stretching out the defense and sending in the final ball for both goals. On a standalone basis, breaks didn't work out for him in shooting but a strong showing when Tottenham needed it. Should start if travel goes ok.