domenica 15 luglio 2012

A look inside

While South Korea's Olympic football team is on the road to London Olympics, Korean soccer had some turmoil. According to Ilgan Sports and to English newspapers, Kim Bo-Kyung is on the verge of a transfer to Cardiff City for approximately €3 million in transfer fees. Celtic's manager Neil Lennon admitted that Kim Bo-Kyung  is on his radar too. QPR is near to buy Celtic's South Korea international Ki Sung-Yueng: rumors from Seoul claim about a fee of £7m agreed between QPR and Celtic. But the big news is the QPR's £2m capture of Park Ji-sung. The QPR board of directors continue to rebuild the team in the way to establish it as a regular Premier League side. They added defender Fabio da Silva on loan, England keeper Robert Green, forward Andy Johnson and New Zealand international Ryan Nelsen, as well Malian international Samba Diakite after a loan spell at the club last season. The arrival of Park Ji-Sung could help too. Coming to QPR, Hughes understood that his team needed to attack from the flanks. So he went to a 4-2-3-1 as favorite formation this past season for the Rangers. Hughes prefers to play two strikers as he did at Blackburn. In general, he likes to have two banks of four behind the ball, such as Roy Hodgson likes. The approach at QPR was different and Hughes enjoyed to have Bobby Zamora as lone forward, for a lot of reasons. If he will stay on this formation he brought on a player able to fill many voids. Park can play as right-winger, left-winger or attacking midfielder but he can also play as central midfielder in a more offensive approach. Park showed his best last season at Manchester United playing as left-winger. What can we expect? It's hard to say with such a small dataset available from last season. In the last EPL campaign, Park made just 10 appearances, 7 as starter, but he scored 2 goal and made 1 assist, showing to be cynical near the net. He showed his technical skills maintaining a good 89.5% of pass success rate. Park Ji-Sung is a player Mark Hughes wanted. Probably Hughes will ask him to be involved in build up play in the final third. With Adel Taarab on the left, QPR's manager could line up Park as right-winger going inside or attacking midfielder just behind Zamora, with the duty to collapse back and help the midfielder on the defensive phase. In that way, Hughes could mantain Taarab on the starting line up, despite his defensive lacks, maintaining the shape and balance of the side.

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