Newcastle slumped to an opening day loss to Tottenham at St James’ Park on Saturday, with manager Rafa Benítez overlooking his summer signings and depending on players from previous seasons.
This could be a sign that the Spaniard is unhappy with his newest batch of players, or that he is waiting for them to adapt and become accustomed to their new environment.
One player in particular that may need to wait a while before he starts for The Magpies is Ki Sung-Yeung (valued at £6.3m on Transfermarkt.co.uk). The South Korean signed from Swansea in the summer on a free transfer, but is yet to feature.
Newcastle look strong in the middle of the park with a partnership between Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diamé, and while one of those players will be rested at some point throughout the season, neither deserves to be dropped after one game.
Ki had a successful spell at Swansea, winning Player of the Season in 2015, but could not prevent the Welsh side being relegated last season, only earning himself a transfer away from the Liberty Stadium. But it would seem strange if Benítez would try and shoehorn Ki into his side.
Both Shelvey and Diamé are both solid presences in the midfield, which may be invaluable while Newcastle go through some defensive issues. This will mean that Ki will have to bide his time waiting for his first start for The Magpies. This differs from other new signings Newcastle have made, where it is likely to see Salomón Rondón featuring soon, as well as Federico Fernandez.
Newcastle fans will be hoping that a few things get shaken up over the next months, and although some new faces will appear, Ki will have to wait for his chance.