Ki Has Never Complained About Not Being In The Side – And Follows Rafa’s Lead

Ki Sung-yueng must have been surprised when he has played so few times up to now for the Newcastle first team.

He has played five games in all competitions for the Magpies including four in the league but Saturday’s performance when he came on in the second half was by far his best in a Newcastle shirt.

His beautiful free kick on 65 minutes was headed in by another sub – Ayoze Perez – for his first goal of the season.

Ayoze is now joint second top scorer behind Joselu who has two goals this season.


Ki has always looked an accomplished and experienced midfield player, and he was brought in as a free agent to replace Mikel Merino who joined Real Sociedad in the summer.

This is what Ki (shown above when he first signed for Newcastle) has said in the Chronicle today, and he never complained to Rafa about not being in the side:

“I had to go away with the national team and it is difficult because it is such a long way.”

“It is difficult to get yourself physically and mentally fit after playing for the national team then traveling back and not playing.”

“I was never worried I had made the wrong move (to Newcastle). I wasn’t that worried.” 

“This is my seventh season in the Premier League, so I have experienced many things and I still have faith in my own qualities.”

“I believe in myself; yes it was a little bit difficult but I always knew that, given the chance, I could play in front of these fans.”

“The manager must like me now.”  “He can see now how I can help the team. He saw my free-kicks and now I have to maintain it.”

“I never went to speak to the manager about my situation, I just waited for my chance. The manager always tells us it is better to work hard than to complain.”

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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Getting thumped is seriously bad for morale. And goal difference.

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I get that. Still, it’s about points now.

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Not like asking for thumpings 😉
    I just realise that it’s a risk, if one goes for a win.

    I seem to recall a thumping or three when we finished fifth. I’d take that right now.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #4

    If all fit I think Rafa will start the same team as Saturday – maybe change Perez for Muto
    As I think Shelvey and Lascalles are steady – Lascalles good defender limited on the ball passes it sideways and never ventures far as Schar will try and pass out of defence and carry the ball
    Shelvey rarely passé a bad ball stays deep and tends to pass sideways and long balls across field as Ki is all- round more mobile will try things carrying the ball plays one-twos and will take a chance.
    With Schar and Ki in the team we will attack more and quicker but will be more open to the counter attack.
    Perez Rafa likes Perez

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know what Rafa will do, but would you not start those two? Given what they’ve shown?

  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Draw or Huddersfield win
    Praying that Fulham don’t win


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