Newcastle United picked up their first Premier League win of the season last weekend after they beat Watford 1-0 at St. James’ Park thanks to a 65th minute Ayoze Perez header.
The Magpies will now be hoping they can build on that victory when they welcome Bournemouth on Saturday, and one man Rafael Benitez may turn to not just for his side’s upcoming game but also going forward is Ki Sung-yueng.
Ki has been on the periphery since arriving from Swansea City back in the summer, but was able to make a huge impact in the defeat of Watford when he came on as a second half-substitute to set up Perez’s winner after his free-kick found the head of the Spaniard.
The 29-year-old is now plotting to win a first-team spot following his impressive cameo versus the Hornets, and has since credited the Newcastle faithful for their support in what has been a difficult start to the campaign.
“When I came on to the pitch the one thing on my mind was that I wanted to help the team win their first game,” Ki told the Evening Chronicle.” I am very pleased that I can do something for the team. It is very positive, hopefully I can maintain myself to get in the team until the end of the season.
“I feel sorry for the fans because they always give us great support during difficult times. This atmosphere is amazing but I always appreciate fans. Hopefully this win pleases the fans and we can get more and more wins at St James’ Park.”
All in all, it has been an underwhelming beginning to the season for both £6.3m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ki and Newcastle to say the least, but the Magpies can easily turn things around — especially with the presence of their South Korean midfielder.
On top of accuracy from set pieces, Ki can also provide the side with vision and a great range of passing — just like Jonjo Shelvey. Outside the pair, there is not much creativity elsewhere in the team.
With that in mind, the former Swansea man may just be the player who could help transform Newcastle’s season.