Newcastle United claimed their first three points of the season on Saturday after they beat Watford 1-0 at St. James’ Park thanks to an Ayoze Perez header.
Ayoze nodded past Ben Foster just after the hour mark following Ki Sung-yueng’s accurate delivery, and the midfielder has recently come out to speak about his difficult start to life at the Magpies.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette after the game about his struggles at St. James’ Park since arriving from Swansea City back in the summer, Ki said: “This is my seventh season in the Premier League, and I’ve experienced many things.
“I still have faith in my own qualities. I believe in myself. Yes, it was a little bit difficult, but I always knew given the chance I could play in front of these fans.
“It’s my first game for a while. I’m just so pleased I can help the team at a really important time. Hopefully, this result is the boost we all needed, not just to move up the table, but to give everyone belief. It’s not good being at the bottom of the table.”
For whatever reason, Ki has been on the periphery at Newcastle so far this campaign. But as the South Korean showed in his cameo versus Watford, he has much to offer on the pitch.
On top of accurate deliveries from set pieces, Ki also brings vision and and a good range of passing to the table. Besides Jonjo Shelvey, there probably is not another player in Newcastle’s squad capable of playing the sort of balls Ki can from midfield.
With that in mind, it is time for Rafael Benitez to fully utilise the former Swansea man and for him to kick on after his promising display against Watford.