We did see Ki Sung-yueng come back after being back in South Korea for three weeks and it appears he came back a week early because we were told at the time he would be off for a month.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Ki wanted to return early so he can start pushing for a place in Newcastle’s central midfield and that kind of ambition can only help the team.
Rafa talked about the 2-2 last night at Hull being a typical friendly game in which he saw some good things and some bad things.
Ki Sung-yueng in action at Hull last night
This is how Rafa summed up the 2-2 draw:
“It was a typical pre-season game with positives and negatives.”
“You expect the team to do good things which we did with the first and even the second goal.”
“It’s something that we are always talking about with strikers to be aware of every ball into the box.”
“There were some negatives.” “We conceded two goals and need to defend a little bit better.”
“It’s part of the process when you are trying to improve your team in pre-season.”
“Then you have some young players mixed in with senior players.”
And we saw Ki Sung-Yeung in a Newcastle shirt for the first time last night.
Rafa had this to say about the South Korean captain who has vast experience in the Premier League and has played more than 100 times for his country:
“After the World Cup he had three weeks to relax!”
“He had his holiday and he’s come back and little by little we can see if he can improve his fitness and give us a hand.”
If we really are short of funds this summer then Ki is a very good buy as a free agent – we think he’s going to be a lot better than some fans think.
We hope he’s going to be better than some fans think.
Newly promoted Wolves and Fulham are outspending Newcastle this summer and we’ve been back in the Premier League for one season and earned £123M from the Premier League in May.
So where’s the money gone?