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Star Player Says Sorry – But Goodbye For Now

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.”

“It’s frustrating.”

“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.

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11 comments so far

  • cornishman

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    He will be missed, a quality signing. Hopefully Jonjo can step up to the plate and carry the baton with the same composure that Ki has shown.

  • Paully

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #2

    L Toon – Nail on head marra.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Just watched the best game of football I’ve seen for many a while. Wish we played like Leeds Utd. Even when they went 2-0 down you never felt they were going to lose. It’s taken them 12/15 years to come back but if they can hold on to most of their young home grown talent they could do alright in the Premiership. Perhaps Messrs Kenyon & Cook should be looking at them as potential takeover candidates instead of us? It’s just the same old same old January for us with no decent investment & no takeover.I hate January windows and being made to do with bargain basement & loan players. It just won’t do any more.
    Rafa needs to give Ashley an ultimatum that if a deal is not secured in next three weeks he’s walking out on him.
    The neck of the man if he does sell he still wants his Sports Direct advertising hoardings all round the ground!!
    Ashley Out or we are goners.

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Ki gone is a massive blow. Shelvey has other qualities, but he’ll never take over a MF. He needs time on the ball. The PL don’t offer it.

    If we don’t buy / loan a free scoring CF (Rondon ain’t that) we will be in trouble. And we do need a creative MF who can take over the game.

    And, we don’t have the luxury to lose pretty (ugly, literally) by 2-1, like we cleverly did in our first ten games. We need points now. Now matter who’s against us.

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Now – No

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Watched that game. Excellent. Had Villa won I would’ve also won a cool 500+. Never mind…But, respect. We’ll played, better than we do, both sides.

    I think Abraham would be a good signing. He’s a handful.

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ll – well

  • kimbo

    Dec 23, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    After watching utter garbage yesterday, what a game in the championship Villa v Leeds.
    Perez is sh#te,Ritchie is finished and we lack pace all over the pitch, boycott FA cup game with the lowest crowd in history so Ashley will know what it will be like next season if he doesnot sell.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 23, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Boycott … not a chance. The only irony is that those 52000 who apparently ‘support the team not the regime’ were booing the team yesterday!!

    Don’t know how that works ……..

  • L Toon

    Dec 23, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa has been forced to keep producing champagne performances from hayden, manquillo, diame, atsu, perez, joselu, kenedy, Ritchie and it simply doesn’t work. Theres only so long you can continue to do that and anyone thinking otherwise needs to give their head a shake. Rafa has proved he can imrove the player’s, continuously get them overperforming but he cant wave his magic wand and give the player’s talent they dont have. Just like guardiola couldn’t. Just like klopp couldn’t. Rafa did not say top ten would be a miracle for his own personal amusement or out of frustration. He said it because its true. Just sit there and ask yourself how many of our player’s would be regular starters at any other premier leage club’s?



  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 23, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #11

    and another thing – for years our fans have killed many a young player with reaction to a bad pass, miss, or just a plain mistake. Remember Vianna, Jon Dahl Thommasson, Thauvain and no doubt many more. If you want players to express themselves and play exciting football you have to accept that things don’t always work out on the pitch.

    There is a growing call for the likes of Longstaff amd Sorenson to get a game – how will the crowd react to them if they don’t hit the ground running?


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