I was just about to publish when Tim published the roster already, but since I’m done with this I might as well go with it:
It’s finally out! It’s pretty much what we expected but with two twists…
The “third wildcard” turned out to be Park Joo Ho, not Shin Hyung Min or Lee Myung Joo. A fair pick, I’d say, as he wasn’t selected for the WC and desperately needs that military exemption right now.
Also for some reason Lee Yong Jae is called up AGAIN despite not deserving it in any way, but he’s just an irrational LGJ fave, sort of like Squidoo and Lee Dong Gook. Anyway, here’s what I expect
Kim Shin Wook
Lee Jae Sung Kim Seung Dae Lee Jong Ho
Yoon Il Rok Kim Seung Dae Lee Jae Sung
Park Joo Ho Son Joon Ho
Kim Jin Su Kim Min Hyeok Jang Hyun Soo Lim Chang Woo
Kim Jin Su Jang Hyun Soo Lim Chang Woo Choi Seung Geun
Kim Seung Kyu
I think the offense will be pretty good. Kim Shin Wook, Kim Seung Dae, and Lee Jong Ho are among the top scorers right now, and Lee Jae Sung is on fire for Jeonbuk. Seoul’s Yoon Il Rok is a good option as well, and so is Incheon’s Moon Sang Yoon. The CM dept will also definitely be solid as PJH and SJH are on great form for Mainz and Pohang, respectively.
The defense is where I get a little worried. Choi Sung Geun has been decent recently for Daejon in the 2nd division but the rest play abroad. I don’t even know if the other defenders are getting playing time, though it looks very very likely that KJS will be the first choice LB for Hoffenheim. And of course, I have veiled confidence in the GK spot, since KSG has played so well but then then there’s that Mexico 4-0 that keeps springing to my head..
Anyway, I’m pretty satisfied with the listing – no real surprises here. Though Son Heung Min’s presence would’ve been fcking awesome, this should be a winnable tournament. As long as LGJ rotates his players properly (the schedule is freaking insane) we should be fine.