Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Preview Nov 6 and Recap Oct 30

Daylight savings kicks everything back ahead of yet another international break. I also learned today that NBCSN is about to go away in favor of USA (shrug).

Thursday1:45 PMHong Hyun SeokLASKAlashkertParamount+
Thursday4:00 PMKim Min JaeFenerbahce@AntwerpParamount+
Thursday4:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamVitesseParamount+
Friday1:30 PMSeo Jong MinDynamo Dresden@Holstein KielNone
Friday1:30 PMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@NurnbergNone
Friday3:30 PMLee Jae SungMainzMonchengladbachESPN+
Friday4:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@LensBeIN
Saturday10:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@Bayern MunichESPN+
Saturday11:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@Crystal PalaceNBCSN
Saturday3:30 PMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherHamburgNone
Saturday4:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxPSGBeIN
Sunday9:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@EvertonNBCSN
Sunday12:30 PMLee Kang InMallorcaElcheESPN+

Hong Hyun Seok-- Came on as an early sub for another injured player so likely will need to start.

Kim Min Jae-- Likely to start. Maybe I'll watch this week.

Son Heung Min-- Nuno has been sacked and now Conte is in charge. I wonder if Son had scored on his chances if we'd be in this situation. I feel the venom coming mid-match from fans and press felt a bit unwarranted... Son was playing really well getting into good spots despite his off-target shooting and there were several stretches of fluid attacking that were undone by Kane's continuing poor spell. Nuno was certainly responsible for the weird subs and the lack of proper adjustments to United's tactical shifts but the core issues of a soft back line and lack of playmaking in midfield go beyond coaching. I would think Conte wants to get off to a strong start midweek and so I expect Son to start both matches. 

Seo Jong Min-- Came on as a pretty early sub at 56' so earning more and more minutes, though 

Park Kyu Hyun-- An unused sub or with reserves as he was former this week.

Lee Jae Sung-- Liveliest that Lee Jae Sung looked in his RCM role was rewarded with a goal as LJS dummied to start off the move and then kept his run going which put him in great position to knock in the rebound. While LJS is far from the player that had everyone talking last winter, some positive signs as he seems stronger and more adapted to the intensity of the top tier. Still too many turnovers passing but at least he's starting to win headers, be involved in the buildup, and withstand physical pressure better. Should start again.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on as a sub but couldn't break the deadlock. Likely a sub player still.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Feels like Jeong is starting to mature a bit now with regular starts. While it didn't quite payoff this week, his errors felt a lot less painful and his contributions more consistent. Good to see an off day be more productive. Should start.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Hwang almost started off brilliantly collecting a ball and scoring but it was correctly overturned by VAR for being a hair offside. That didn't slow him down as he continuously caused problems with his pace, strength and work rate. Its no accident to see lots of talk of Wolves picking up his option and negotiating a long term deal over winter break. Its a bit unfortunate that he didn't get a few assists for his good play but a win against a good opponent keeps Wolves moving ahead and should keep Hwang in the starting lineup.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Played over 80 but Karlsruhe were overrun by four goals, maybe fatigued from cup heroics, and a late come back wasn't enough. Should start.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Still out injured.

Lee Kang In-- A few truly sparkling moments from LKI though VAR removed one of his best moments when he put in a great turn and sent in a perfect pass that forced the opposition into a red card foul. LKI also had a great dribble showing some magnets boots that we've never seen from a Korean footballer, though his good shot was deflected wide. Unfortunately, he got a bit hot-headed on his sub off and picked up a yellow, and Mallorca unrelatedly conceded late which puts a sour note on a good day. Should start.