Responding to a piece by the Chronicle detailing the feelings surrounding Ki Sung-yueng’s deadline day move to Real Mallorca, many Newcastle fans have been in full debate on Twitter over whether or not they should have sold the midfielder – with one supporter claiming that he is ‘better than Bentaleb‘.
Ki, who first joined Newcastle in the 2018 summer transfer window from Swansea City, found game-time hard to come by at St James’ Park, making just 21 league appearances in two and a half seasons before deciding to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
During his limited outings this campaign before the move, the South Korean midfielder managed to accumulate an impressive 94% pass accuracy from inside his own half over the 136 minutes he played (SofaScore). However, due to his limited game-time, it is hard to compare him to loanee Nabil Bentaleb, who has averaged more tackles (2.3) and interceptions (3.3) in a Newcastle shirt this season, as per WhoScored.com.
Were Newcastle right to let Ki leave?
However, despite the numbers, many Magpies supporters have debated the decision to let him leave on social media – find their diverse range of opinions down below.
Better than Benteleb
— David Stratton (@SlothyVlogs) February 25, 2020
Absolutely not,did not bring anything to the team, I wanted him to succeed so much. Good luck in Spain ki🙏
— Paul Hewitt (@PaulHew03845348) February 25, 2020
We should of kept mo diame
— BEASTNUFC84 (@MarkDNUFC84) February 25, 2020
We should have kept Rondon.
— bigal123 (@allanrg1) February 25, 2020
No we shouldn’t of signed him in the first place
— ronantodd (@ronantodd) February 25, 2020
— keegan (@KeeganNufc09) February 25, 2020
— Rob Watson (@whickhamrobbie) February 25, 2020
Should Newcastle have kept Ki? Join the discussion by commenting below…
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience