Even though Jonjo Shelvey caught the eye in the fantastic comeback win last Saturday against Everton, we expect Ki Sung-yueng to again start the game on Saturday afternoon at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth.
The Cherries are a smaller club who are very well run, and they have done so well under young manager Eddie Howe and are becoming a top half Premier League club under his guidance.
Both Ki and Jonjo need playing time – as does Mo Diame who looks he will leave Newcastle this summer if he doesn’t get a two-year deal from the club.
Ki is a talented player who can hold the ball, and he has vast experience in the Premier League having played a total of 178 league games with 12 of them being in Newcastle’s colors.
We reckon Shelvey has made around 170 Premier League appearances.
Ki Sung-yueng in action during the win against Huddersfield
Ki believes Newcastle can keep climbing the league table given the confidence the team has after winning five of the previous eight games:
This is what the former South Korean captain has said on the Newcastle website today:
“As a player, of course you want to go higher – you don’t want to stay at the bottom of the table all the time.”
“Now we have games that we can have a go in. We don’t underestimate the teams who are below us, but we have to have more confidence that we can go even higher.”
“Confidence gets higher which is very, very important at this stage of the season, because we are still fighting relegation.”
“Of course we are in a good position, but it’s not finished yet. We still have eight games to go and we have to win as many as we can.”
“I think with the atmosphere from all the fans and among the players now, we think we can do better and we can stay in a higher position.”
Those are really good comments from the impressive South Korean.
30-year-old Ki signed a two-year deal at Newcastle when he became a free agent from Swansea last summer, and he will be hoping for an extension to his contract to stay at Newcastle past next summer.
He can do a job for Newcastle over the next two or three years.