It’s safe to say that Ki Sung-yueng has now settled in well at Newcastle and has been a regular ever since he came on early in the second half against Watford.
We won that game when Ki sent in a perfect free kick that Perez headed home to give us our first win of the season.
And Ki has looked a class player and very experienced playing recently for Newcastle.
An excellent acquisition by Rafa as a free agent from Swansea last summer.
Ki Sung-yueng – happy at Newcastle
Ki is in the South Korea squad for the Asia Cup which \begins on January 5th, and the final is on February 1st so Liverpool on Boxing Day could be his last game before he joined the squad.
Ki was asked when he would be meeting up with his Korean teammates as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I don’t know. It isn’t confirmed yet, but, by the FIFA rules, it’s two weeks before the first game, so it could be after next week.”
“I think they’re talking, there are negotiations, so it’s too many games I’ll be missing. It depends on the games.”
“The final is on February 1, so it’s quite a long time. “But I don’t want to be greedy, because we have good players.”
“If I can’t play, I can’t play. Also, it’s crucial for my country. They haven’t won it for nearly 60 years.”
“I can’t be in two places at once.”
“I’m happy we’ve put this run of form together before I leave,”
“I don’t know when I’m going to leave, because there are not many games left in which I can play.”
“So as much as I can, I try to win every game, and then of course I feel a little sorry for the team, as they’re in the middle of the season.”
“But at least we’re in good shape.”
“I don’t know when I come back if my place will be there.”
“But I’m very pleased and satisfied so far with the team and everything I play for.”
Good comments there from the mature South Korean.
South Korea play their first game on January 7th against the Philippines in Dubai.
Let’s hope we have more wins before then as we play Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Watford (A) and Manchester United (H) before that date.