Wise Words From Newcastle’s Experienced Midfielder

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.

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110 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 14, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #81

    Jib, a hard slap at that! 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 14, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #82

    6/6 go through. City v Liverpool and Chelsea v Arsenal finals anybody?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 14, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #83

    Right, the top six in the EPL all into the quarterfinals of European football. Why’s that then?

    Answers on the back of an envelope and in one word only please.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 14, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #85

    If you put that word on the back of an envelope and sent it, it’d never arrive of course.

  • carltoon

    Mar 14, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #86

    When young players are out on loan they have to take their chance. Longstaff was very good at Blackpool and scored goals got plenty of plaudits. Don’t think Roberts has done well on loan. I’m sure he was sent back from Gateshead..

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 14, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #87

    Merson’s quite right about Newcastle. Must aim for top 6. Everyone in the game knows the club has top 6 support and a top 6 ground. Even when it was just a top 4, Mourinho was going around saying everyone was just waiting for Newcastle to wake up from its slumber and join them. Everyone except Mike Ashley that is.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #88

    Not just players, now Lyon boss Bruno Genesio trying to use supposed from Newcastle to get a new contract.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #89

    #supposed interest

  • toon22

    Mar 15, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #90

    Have we been sold yet ?


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #91


    No! Happy?

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #92


    Scholes sacked by Oldham after 10 days ish? So soon already? Next stop Leeds United?

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2019 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #93

    Ron Knee

    He won it three times in a roe with Sevilla,…”


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2019 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #94

    Carroll was hopeless out on loan, but turned out to be one of out best yunguns, loan stints prove nowt!

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 15, 2019 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #95

    So we are apparently interested in Lyon boss Bruno Genesio if Rafael Benitez does not extend his contract at St James’ Park.

    Yeah right.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 15, 2019 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #96

    Carroll went to Preston in the Championship at 18, played, came back, started featuring a little more regularly for the 1st team the following season in the EPL at 19, then at 20 had his breakout season for us as we won the Championship. Did the business again for us the following season back in the EPL, and was sold to Liverpool for an incredible fee. No ordinary player. In the ten years since we’ve had Dummett and now Longstaff. Not exactly a production line of first-team players, but I think you’ll find EPL clubs actually produce very few first-team players through their Academies and reserves. It’s an area we can certainly improve on under Rafa, but most lads simply won’t make it. You want them to produce professionals that can be sold on and so make the Acadamy sustainable, and also the occasional first team regular on a more consistent basis than we’ve managed.

  • cyprus

    Mar 15, 2019 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #97

    If you get a chance, watch the Rennes number 18, versus arsenal. His team isn’t very good, but he just glides past arsenal defenders.

    That’s the kind of player we need!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #98

    Guardian – More telepathy from Rondón and Pérez?
    Like short shorts, rattles and happy fans wearing rosettes, strike partnerships appear to belong to English football’s past. Which is why it’s been a retro joy to watch Salomón Rondón and Ayoze Pérez strike up a burgeoning one in recent months. It’s taken its time to get going but the near-telepathy the two have displayed during Newcastle’s charge away from danger has helped to create some delightful – and important – goals. Rondón’s volley against Everton came after a sumptuous bit of interplay, with Pérez leaping to nod down to his bigger teammate, receiving a pass back off him, and dinking a delicious ball back into Rondón’s path for him to slam home on the volley. “If Messi did this, people would be talking about it for a while,” said Rafa Benítez. “[Rondón] gave me the ball and, without looking, I knew the movement he was going to make,” said Pérez. They’re the new Toshack and Keegan. Bournemouth beware. GB

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #99

    Can you imagine the absurdity of one of the world’s richest men listening to his world class manager and bringing in those players at a price considered peanuts in today’s market when he asked for them 😮

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 15, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #100

    From earlier
    I haven’t got any envelopes handy..
    Is the 1 word ‘investment’?

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #101


    I hope the owner sees the benefit of Rafa in taking away the negativity towards him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #102

    If Rafa leaves there might not be the uprising some predict but the atmosphere will be toxic, we’ll be relegated and crowds will drop to about 30K, is this really the image a guy that is trying to style himself as the saviour of the high street wants or needs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #103

    How can he save the high street when he’s managed to drive away 20K loyal supporters. If we do go down to the Champo no doubt our first game will be live, that would be the ideal time to stage a near boycott.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #104


    Lee Charnley deserves praise for his work on keeping
    all parties happy

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #105

    But all parties weren’t happy Jib, it left a festering resentment and disappointment. We lost two of our three credible strikers to bring in a guy who ended up missing pre-season, a guy who has now proved himself to be such a competent PL striker that he might go for 20M and 80K a week to a power house like Brighton, despite how much he says he likes it here.

  • martoon

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #106

    The article refers to the board will need to sanction the move but we know there is only one person on the board LC. So for board read Mike Ashley!

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #107

    Jail for Ashley
    it left a festering resentment and disappointment

    only in your mind

    I must admit I wasn’t thinking of you when I said all parties

    I rather rashly only thought of the main protagonists

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #108

    On Rondon:
    “There were some among the Newcastle hierarchy who were exasperated by the transfer ”
    Who are the hierarchy, a lawyer and tabloid PR guy? Jeezus wept!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #109

    Not to mention Phillip Green’s mate.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #110

    Agree Jib. Jail only you could dig up negatives in what is a happy enough article. Jesus wept indeed.


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