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The Signing of Ki Could Indicate Changes Coming At Newcastle

Ki Sung-yueng has been brought in by Rafa to replace Mikel Merino who will leave Newcastle soon for Real Sociedad for around £11M.

Mikel grew discontent on Tyneside this year when he couldn’t make the first team with Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey in outstanding form in the middle of the Park for Newcastle.

But that’s getting to be a pattern, with the 21-year-old leaving Borussia Dortmund last summer because he didn’t get enough playing time there either.

Ki in action for Swansea

The signing of Ki is a good one and the South Korean captain is an accomplished and experienced player.

There’s a very good piece on the Premier League website from Adrian Clarke and why Ki could become a key player for Newcastle:

“Rafael Benitez’s preference for a counter-attacking strategy for Newcastle United last season was understandable.”

“Newcastle’s three most impressive victories came in matches where they saw little of the ball.”

“At home they beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea with shares of possession totaling 35.9%, 28.2% and 41.9% respectively.”

“It would ease the load on their defence if they took greater care in possession of the ball.”

“Newcastle’s players too often handed the initiative back to their opponents, sometimes through forcing a forward pass that was not on or by losing the ball cheaply.”

“The signing of Ki Sung-yueng is perhaps an indication of change.”

“”At Swansea City last season Ki boasted a pass accuracy of 88%, with an 83% success rate in the opposition half.”

“These figures were far superior to Benitez’s central midfielders last season.”

“And Ki’s calming presence will give the side added comfort in possession.”

What tells us that Rafa knew all about those stats on Ki before he signed him?

As we said Ki could become a key player for us next season – excuse the pun.

Comments welcome.

108 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s Sunday
    No World Cup Games
    It’s the Star ?
    Is that actually a newspaper ?

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s rather ironic that the Glastonbury festival
    has taken a year off when we have the best
    summer for nearly 50 years

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3


    Jib……….. Are you still contemplating consoling the Swedish lassies.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    This club will never change all other clubs thst were round us in leauge last season are signing players now but fat man is waiting for the scraps left over ffs

  • crawfordm

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    #4 winge winge winge – have patience fella. No club has done any major business yet !!!!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    All our transfer targets must still be at the World Cup 😉

  • jane

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    RUNAWAY777 is the simple basic open source blog bot. it can’t interact and posts the same comment every time but can be programmed to post the message every day at a random time.

  • jane

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    it was created by Malaysian students with poor English.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Rondon doesnt set much up either. he seems to be getting more overweight each season. also hes not one of these supposed rafas type of striker as hes hardly what youd call mobile. mitro gets around the pitch.far more, would easy score more than seven in a relegated team and would create more than three. we arent going to find anyone better for 20m and as far as rondon goes we arent going to find anyone worse for 16m

  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10


    Strange you Should mention Jimmy Glass .. we were just discussing that goal with a couple of Carlisle folk last night.

    Was a balmy night .. Early doors we were invited into the Owners and trainers Lounge… Had a Coffee. Great atmosphere. A miracle occurred, Paloma dumped her crutches.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    hey betty. nobody could ever accuse you of being a duplicate.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t agree Mike but if we get him I hope you’re not right!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Spuds could have a interesting team when we play them first game
    They have Nine players playing in the Semi-Finals

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    If you check out the last couple of years of comments from West Brom fans etc – the common theme is that Rondon does not score enough goals and that he needs more time. (Where have we heard that before).
    He is another in that long list of centre forwards who cannot score in the PL or put it another way a knacker.
    So no thanks to him.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Rondon would ne the final piece of the jigsaw…first Joselu, then Slimani and now Rondon!

    …brilliant scouting and brilliant signings!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16


  • Mag52

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    If these Spurs players have been playing 3 games in 8 days at the WC, are we really saying that they will not be up for it when the season kicks off ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Go and whine about somebody else’s team please.

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail for Ashley
    Go and whine about somebody else’s team please.

    There’s a few on here you could direct that remark to

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I wouldn’t put Rondon down just yet, he’s what we have been waiting for and to judge him through WBA!? Do more searching for him, do the Denis wise way you will see speed, power, heading, technique, positioning and skill.

    Under Rafa he could become a beast of a striker!

    Similar to Torres when he was at Liverpool and under Rafa 🙂

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #21

    And don’t forget WBA where like us with no delivery from other players (sounds familiar)

    Kennedy, Perez, Ritchie
    Shelvey, Daime


  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    32 days to the window closing
    and the Chronic think clubs are
    now regretting lopping 3 weeks
    off this summer’s window

  • Dave76

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    I think the thing with the spurs players could work to our advantage. They are not going to be back from the world cup until 16th. They will then want at least a 2 week holiday as they havent had a break yet. That takes their return to the beginning of aug giving them a 9 or 10 day pre season after a very short rest

  • ashleysmate

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    One of Spurs’ greatest forwards, Alan Gilzean has passed away at age of 79.
    What a great player he was to watch….Deli Ali reminds me a lot of him.
    Sorry if it’s already been mentioned but just turned telly on

  • Reilly

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Lee Clayton
    One year loan deal for Kenedy to return to Newcastle will be announced this week. He was a popular signing last season. Rafa Benitez crucial to the deal.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Hopefully with an option to make it a permanent

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Speaking of automated systems Jesper is on a tech level of ENIAC he has about five phrases and that’s him done. Plug him in and it’s any perm from “Joselu” “£5m” “Slimani” oh and he can fold bedsheets and do the school run at the same time so probably a bit more advanced…

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #28

    He’ll still be plugged in somewhere in an underground tunnel somewhere chumping out his catchphrases with desperate predictability in ten thousand years – long after humanity has torched itself in a nuclear holocaust.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #29


    i hope there is an option to buy

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster, one of the reasons I don’t like him is his attitude to Jonjo. That sounded like a quote from the FA – he could be a disruptive influence. Nothing to support it and how does he know what he’s like in a squad? No disruption in Newcastle. Far from it. So what was the quote based on?
    My guess is an unproven racist slur and that he was told not to pick him.
    I think it was Cappello who quit because the FA tried to tell him who he could and couldn’t pick.
    But mainly I don’t like him because he gets on my nerves. Can’t put a finger on it exactly, I just don’t like him. I think he’s weak and allowed the FA to tell him who he couldn’t pick.
    Have you never taken a dislike to someone and can’t really explain exactly why? You just don’t like them. You must have. We all do. It’s human nature.
    Not that it matters. The reason I don’t repeat myself is because I said it three times now, twice in response to you asking, and it simply doesn’t matter.
    I still want England to win though. Why would I not? I’m English ffs. Used to go to the old Wembley regularly.
    One person in charge should never effect how you feel about a team.
    So, not that it matters, I don’t like Southgate but I love England. I want England to win every game they play.
    Is that OK now? 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #31



  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Oops. My bad. 😐

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    TNMW…..I wasn’t born with enough middle fingers to let you know how I feel about you.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki…you forget to write “we” and “people” when you’re sharing your boring innuendos

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #35

    We and people jesper. We and people. Whatever that means.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Jazzyp… if it’s true Kenedy is coming on loan one would wonder if there’s a an option to buy why we’re not buying him now

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobby do you think I give a fluck whether u support England or not? I’d expect you to support them. Good luck to you. I was just asking why you didn’t like the manager. Or is that unacceptable ffs????

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Reilly, if that’s true another masterstroke pulled by Rafa. Makes sense because there’ll be more money available then, if the story we’re still struggling from relegation is correct.
    That means even more money from this pot available to buy players. Or should do anyway. That would be a top keeper, a very handy midfielder and a great attacker with so much potential signed for a pittance. (Next summer’s money can take care of itself).
    This would a be great tactical move to see who we can get in cheap first before having to touch the transfer funds. Now we might see who Rafa actually wants, not who we’re being told he wants. 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyway, four of the boys have been rescued from the cave. Good news.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #40

    *beep* “We”..*whirrr*..”people”..*dingdingding*..”weeple”…*clunk*…*buzzzzz*…


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