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Ki has to come into Newcastle’s starting XI if Shelvey is unavailable for Bournemouth clash

Ki has to come into Newcastle’s starting XI if Shelvey is unavailable for Bournemouth clash

Newcastle United will be looking to build on their first Premier League win of the season against Watford when they take on Bournemouth at St. James’ Park this Saturday.

The Magpies, however, could be without one of their key players going into the game.

The Breakdown

The Evening Chronicle reports midfielder Jonjo Shelvey may be a doubt for Bournemouth’s visit following a muscle injury he picked up in Newcastle’s victory over Watford, which would come as a huge blow to manager Rafael Benitez.

Shelvey is often the player to get Newcastle attacks going with his vision and ability to play a forward pass through the lines.

His absence, especially against an in-form Bournemouth side who have been brilliant this season, would put Benitez’s men in an unfavourable position.

That being said, in Ki Sung-yueng, Newcastle have a player who can come in and do a similar job. The 29-year-old has found it difficult at St. James’ Park since arriving from Swansea City back in the summer, but played a significant part in the Magpies’ first victory of the campaign.

It was the South Korean’s cross that found Ayoze Perez who headed home to give Newcastle all three points on the day, and there is no reason why he cannot come into the side to influence the game in the same manner.

Like Shelvey, Ki also has good vision and is capable of executing more difficult passes. With that in mind, Benitez should absolutely look to the former Swansea man if Shelvey is unavailable for Saturday’s clash.

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