Any strand of look at him now will make for grim viewing for Sunderland fans at the moment. The Black Cats are languishing in League One having suffered a double relegation from the Premier League and Championship so any former player will likely be thriving in comparison, and this time around it’s Ki Sung-Yeung.
The South Korean midfielder spent a single season at the Stadium of Light on-loan from Swansea in the 2013/14 season and the way his year in the North East was mightily impressive. He scored a handful of goals from central midfield, helping them to a League Cup final and Premier League survival, and it will pain a lot of the fans to see that their former fan favourite is now plying his trade at Newcastle.
Ki is now doing a job at St James Park, and whilst he hasn’t been playing every week and has missed games because of international commitments and injury, when he does feature he’s a very impressive midfielder. His versatility and ability to play the holding role in midfield as well as featuring as a #8 make him a player that Rafa Benitez has no hesitation on relying upon, much in the same way that Gus Poyet relied on him in 2013/14.
The South Korean is now 30-years-old but the way he plays means that even when his legs are gone he won’t sacrifice any of his game. You could make the case to say that his legs left him years ago as his pace has never been blistering, but boy can he pick a pass. It happens a lot when Ki can be the lock-picker in midfield, unlocking defences from deep and he’d be the best player in League One if he was still with the Black Cats.
In football things move on very quickly, Sunderland have now dropped and Ki has stayed at this level, featuring for Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland in an impressive Premier League career. He’s also achieved an impressive 107 caps for his country, scoring ten goals in the process, and whilst Sunderland have fallen, Ki has thrived as he now turns out for their biggest footballing rivals.
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