Just when you thought Yun was practically forgotten by Harry Redknapp and practically invisible at Loftus Road for a good part of the winter, Yun Suk-Young started for QPR and turned in a brilliant performance to help the Rangers secure a 1-3 win at Middlesbrough. That’s not all, Yun wound up winning Man of the Match. Quite a turn of fortune, both for Redknapp (pre-match murmurings of a sacking) and Yun, as the Rangers came from behind to snatch 3 points in their fight for promotion. Yun came in for a suspended Richard Dunne halfway through Tuesday’s loss to Sheffield Wednesday, part of 6 changes Redknapp made to overhaul the starting XI. The first start for Yun since (September?) saw the left back effectively hustle both halves of the field, in particular containing Middlesbrough’s Adomah on their wing. Offensively he provided some proficient crosses for the R’s, forcing a number of corners, some of which he took himself (in the right corner). In the 26th minute, he latched onto a ball, drove into the box and was about to pull the trigger when Varga in the nick of time tackled the ball away from him. Yun seemed to make a strong case to be the left back of choice for QPR. And as the Tavern writers speculated earlier in the month in the Tavern hangout sessions, by virtue of Yun getting significant playing time, he may well have secured his ticket to Brazil. The question that now emerges: depending on the rest of the season, will Yun overtake Kim Jin-Su for the left back position for the World Cup ?
BTW: thank you to Adam Hulme, QPR media officer. I nearly missed his email to me that contained the video summary of Yun’s game, it originally went straight into the spam inbox. Thank goodness I checked it this morning!
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We’ll try to have more updates on this weekend’s action soon. better late than never, he’s a video replaying Park’s assist. Even old people can be productive (I kid! Hey, if Park’s considered old, then I’m elderly).
- Park Chu-Young still out injured this past weekend. Theigh injury rather than knee injury? I guess the KNT doctors diagnosed the problem wrong after the friendly victory over Greece. Watford has another game midweek against Blackburn- Park Chu-Young time?
- Some chatter about Ki coming out before halftime during their absymal loss to Norwich. The fight to avoid relegation just got more diffcult. Still, as I had mentioned in the Tavern comment section earlier, Ki usually has decent performances despite the travails of the Blackcats this season. This might not have been his best performance, but I think it was just a one off game for him.
- I didn’t see the match, but Mainz actually took the game to Bayern Munich and came close to either drawing or taking the match. The halftime score was 0-0 before eventually losing 0-2. Park Joo-Ho reportedly had a decent match…
In the meantime, do check out Jae’s roundup of action in the K-League this weekend. Jae’s Busan IPark got the away upset at FC Seoul (could they be relegation candidates this year? Perhaps too early to tell at this point in the season).