Ki Sung-yueng has been playing well for Newcastle since he came in for the injured Jonjo Shelvey early in the second half against Watford.
And Ki set up the only goal of the game with a superb free-kick that Perez headed in nicely to give us our very first win of the season.
And the South Korean has kept up his high standards, but he is now off to the Asian Cup, where he hopes his country will do well – and even win it.
Depending on how long Ki is away will determine how many matches he will miss for Newcastle.
We have seven matches before the Asian Cup final on February 1st, and that could be eight games if we reach the 4th round of the FA Cup.
Ki Sung-yueng in action against Fulham yesterday
We hope that Jonjo Shelvey will be fit very soon so he can play in the attacking midfield position.
Ki has been speaking on the Newcastle United website after yesterday’s awful 0-0 draw with Fulham, and he has talked about reporting to the South Korean squad:
“It’s the FIFA rules – they can have the players two weeks before the first game, so we can’t do anything with that.”
“But I think Newcastle, our team, is in a crucial moment so I’m very sorry to my team-mates.”
“Hopefully the players left here can manage the games well.” “There are some strong teams to play in January.”
“I will be supporting them in Dubai, and hopefully, we can keep going, do well and take the positive things.”
“I think people expected that because Fulham are bottom of the table, it was a chance to get three points.”
“But I think, especially in the second half, we were in control of the game, except the last five minutes when we all went forward and gave them counter attacks.”
“With the teams that drop deep and come here to take a point, we have to have more patience with the ball and keep it moving, so that we let them run.”
“It’s this kind of game we need to learn from, and then hopefully we won’t make the same mistakes in the next games.”
It also looks like Ki could edge out Lascelles for our Man of the Match award for yesterday’s dismal 0-0 draw when we had really hoped we could win that game.