Adding is something Newcastle needed and the incorporation of experienced South Korean midfielder, Ki Sung-yueng is the right move to get them going.
A player who has games under his belt for club and country. A player with experience of having to fight for Premier League survival, having been on either end of a relegation miss. A survival round with the Black Cats and a sad swan song with the Swans.
Ki’s vision along with his passing range – will encourage Newcastle’s main midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey. Both have the eye of a hawk and can thread a ball through a needle’s eye on their day.
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Creativity was an essential part of the Toons’ game that was below par. However, when the season took the January bend, Rafa and his men took the Premier League head on. A team who could barely create and score a goal, became the heavy hitters of the second half the season.
Problems of the past must not take place in the present
The biggest downfall for Newcastle was the inability of Mike Ashley to support the manager during the transfer window. This cannot be repeated or they could lose their most prized asset – Benitez himself.
Support the manager and he will stay!
Ki comes in as the second key signing since the window opened. He follows the permanent deal of Martin Dubravka, who joined on loan last season, enjoying a great spell as the first choice last season.
The South Korean’s experience
Experience is something you can’t buy and this man comes with bucket loads of it. He has already played for clubs such as Celtic and others in the English Premier League. Having just come from captaining his country in the World Cup, gives Newcastle some real talent in the midfield.
The Korean can chip in with a goal or two, so this will come in handy in a side who only managed to net 39 goals for the campaign. Benitez is a manager who likes to run with a 4-5-1 formation and pack his midfield with strong, technical footballers
He has all the attributes that suit Rafa’s way to the T! He has Joined on a free – after his contract expired with the relegated, Swansea City.