Rafa Talks About The Game Last Night And Ki Sung-yueng Debut

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?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Diddly

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous thread. Sky sports just done a clip telling us how much we have spent over previous transfer windows. But spun it because they never said how much came in off sales. Another bishop led thing I suppose must think we are thick as castle walls.

  • Veltman

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Why don’t some of you find a buyer that will give him the amount that he wants? In the
    region of 400m.I’m sure there are some businessmen out there that run business like him.Some of them even post on here?

    Think Fabian Shar is better than Reyes.Rated highly in his young days and was playing in the world cup if I’m not mistaken.Even if went a bit backwards, can do a job well as a third or 4th choice center back.

  • stan anderson

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Keep buying your S/Ts and shirts and this goes on forever.Guaranteed.
    Get the fat slug out now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #4

    ”Ask Lee Charnley”
    Jesper, What do you make of that.

  • Diddly

    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe Charley has been told to get deals done but he’s so incompetent he can’t. But in the situation ashley would have to give him go ahead to spend. So doubt that’s the case then

  • c-dog

    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see much happening this window. All we’re doing is trying to sell and replace with cheaper alternatives. Mitrovic will go next for 20 odd and be replaced with Rondon for 15.

    Never taken a penny outta the club me bollocks

  • hibbit

    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    i have the feeling Charnley’s hands are tied as tight as Rafa’s and any deals he’s working on are conveniently lost in the chain of command after leaving his office

    i honestly don’t think he has any authority within the club to decide on anything involving expenditure over the value of £5

  • Phil K

    Jul 25, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I was raging at the pompous London pricks on Sky Sports News – not a word how much Ashley takes from thge Premier payments, not a word about how much made from sales of players against how much spent (I gather they mentioned sales later after fury on Twitter)


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