Weekend Roundup 1/23-24 – FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!

It’s been a real good weekend to be honest. Almost every KPA started for their clubs and played fairly well.  Suk made his debut off the bench, and though I was unable to watch sources tell me he was very good. SHM finally started as well, and started out very well but faded in the second half. All the Bundesliga players started minus the injured KJC. Lee Seung Woo and Paik Seung Ho played their 2nd and 3rd games, respectively, and apparently played much better than they did last week. Find out more after the jump!

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This weekend was notable in that it was a really good week for all three of our defenders. Park Joo Ho started in the absence of Schmelzer and played very well against Monchengladbach’s Traore – something must have happened over break because he played much better than he had before the break. Likewise, Kim Jin Su held up his own against the tricky Karim Bellarabi, and his team was very unlucky to concede an equalizer at the very last minute. Hong Jeong Ho, likewise, was amazing against Freiburg, enough to be named the Whoscored Man of the Match – something not often awarded to defenders. This season really is turning out to be his breakout season. Now if Stielike would begin to put HJH back into the starting XI…

Ki had a so-so game against Everton. He had some defensive lapses and couldn’t contribute too much to the Swansea offense. As I said in the podcast, I am not really worried about Ki’s performances as the entire team is at a low right now – as the team gets better I fully expect Ki to start performing to his usual standards as well.

Son Heung Min finally started today, but didn’t register any assists or goals in a 3-1 win. I was really impressed with him early on, as he played very well in the first half, but as I said before, he was completely gassed by the end. I worry that he may not start next week. The fixture promised a Korean derby, but as many expected, it didn’t happen. It’s very frustrating that Lee Chung Yong still can’t play even after all the long term injuries… but this is a topic that we have rehashed many times and I won’t go into more detail about it for the time being.

My personal favorite piece of news from the weekend came from Portugal. Suk made his league debut with Porto today, as a 69th minute sub. And although I never watched this game due to my orchestra rehearsal I was following it on Twitter, where many sources praised Suk and said he played better than Aboubakar. One source even said it wouldn’t be long before Suk would take Aboubakar’s position. It’s also odd that Aboubakar was red carded in last week’s game against Guimaraes, but started today anyway. Maybe Suk won’t start as early as next week, but I am optimistic about his chances at Porto.

As we look forward to the Qatar game on Tuesday morning (for us folks in the USA), check out our recent podcast where we talk about Jordan and Qatar! And here’s a nice video of one of my favorite youth players, Kim Seung Jun: