Date: 15th February 2016 at 8:51pm
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Yun Suk Young has left for Charlton Athletic on loan – but is the vitriolic outpouring on social media deserved?

The 26-year-old has featured only three times this season, much to the chagrin of a section of supporters, particularly in light of the indifferent form of veteran loanee Paul Konchesky.

The Leicester City full-back has been relatively unspectacular since arriving in W12, and with Cole Kpekawa being entrusted with the majority of pre-season under Chris Ramsey, it seemed somewhat of a dramatic u-turn to draft Konchesky in at the last minute against Charlton on the opening day.

Yun meanwhile was struggling with injuries and fitness, Kpekawa was let out on loan, Jack Robinson was side-lined with a knee injury and Ramsey openly stated that it would be his preference not to have to see Clint Hill play again – particularly in light that the man himself said he was finished as full-back in 2012.

Yun arrived at the club in January 2013 as a relatively promising defender having received international honours for South Korea. It was widely reported that Yun was a ‘club signing’ – certainly not hand-picked by then manager Harry Redknapp.

He did not make an appearance for QPR in a disastrous campaign, culminating in relegation. He was kept out by such glitterati as Tal Ben-Haim and Armand TraorĂ© – the latter still incredibly taking a wage out of the club, with very little interest in featuring.

He did get a chance in the Capital One Cup, then the Championship but was loaned out to Doncaster Rovers – a loan move that wasn`t quite met with the same vitriol as his latest foray from W12. His replacement was Benoit Assou-Ekotto, which says all it needs to say at that stage.

He featured on his return mainly as a substitute as Assou-Ekotto ebbed away and Clint Hill struggled with the pace of proceedings at full-back. Following promotion to the top flight Yun featured more heavily – more out of circumstance due to the harrowing tactical disaster of Mr Redknapp recruiting for 3-5-2 then heaving it out the window after a disastrous start to the season. Rangers were left with no full-backs.

He proved himself a willing worker, a player that wanted to go forward and contribute to attacks – a quite refreshing alternative to the defensively-minded Hill or loose cannon TraorĂ©. While refreshing there was more than a hint of naivety to his play, predictably exploited at the highest level by the highest calibre of attacking threat.

Most certainly not a defining reason for Rangers’ relegation but one of many things not quite correct with a side and a club clearly confused about its ethos, ‘philosophy’ and way forward after another bitterly disappointing season. The manager had jumped – albeit with a dodgy knee and Ramsey was hauled in without so much as an interview.

He failed to feature for Chris Ramsey during an indifferent pre-season, with the aforementioned Kpekawa starting the majority of games in the South Korean’s absence. The club had made its stance clear – they were promoting youth, championing young players, that much was very clear. Or at least it was very clear.

Deciding to change this at the drop of a hat and bring in Konchesky was either a sign that they’d changed their minds once again, or they did not believe their young players could cut it, or a combination of the two.

It would be fair to accuse the club to have created and fostered an environment where the man who isn’t playing definitely should be – anyone that starts and makes mistakes is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately or better still shipped out – and anyone that leaves under a certain age, deemed good enough or otherwise by the existing regime, will be a mistake.

Yun has featured for two different managers this season – neither of which decided he was worthy of retaining a starting berth, Konchesky coming straight back in where possible. Ramsey, Warnock and Hasselbaink have opted for Konchesky where possible – indeed the latter has not given Yun a sniff since arriving.

That coupled with Jack Robinson’s imminent return made it rather a formality that Rangers would be looking elsewhere for Yun. The bitter and stinging criticism of QPR and Tony Fernandes on all forms of social media today is somewhat baffling therefore – as it can hardly be construed as a surprise that a third choice left-back – rightly or wrongly – who has featured three times this season is leaving the club on loan.

Yun is rather a victim of conflicting managerial styles, conflicting tactics – and failing to step up as a defender of quality while not being able to carve out a role further forward due to players of higher quality being drafted in – he is caught betwixt and between in a wing-back role that left with Mr Redknapp.

Many will disagree with this assessment as they – much like I – want Yun to be successful, but the sheer amount of managers that have yet to pick the South Korean consistently rather spells it out as he departs for Charlton Athletic.

The way Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has started to look to the lower leagues for players, it may only be a matter of time before a long-term solution to the long-standing left-back problem is resolved. Until then, the man that isn’t playing will always outrank the status quo.