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TT Battle: Ki Sung-yueng vs Jean Michaël Seri

Newcastle host Fulham today with both clubs struggling somewhat in the Premier League. 

While The Magpies look to be playing themselves into form, Fulham still appear to be in a rut. Nonetheless, both clubs will be reliant on new signings Ki Sung-yueng and Jean Michaël Seri.

With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…

Ki Sung-yueng

Newcastle signed Ki for free at the beginning of the summer from relegated Swansea, and has so far made eight starts for The Magpies.

Although he was absent for the beginning of the campaign representing South Korea at the Asian Games, and will be absent again during the Asian Cup, his season has been somewhat slow.


Manager Rafa Benítez has not yet warmed to the midfielder, and consequently, he has not been able to make a great impression. At 29 years of age, he may well have a future at St James’ Park, but he must impress soon.

TT Grade: B-

Jean Michaël Seri

Fulham signed Seri this summer from Ligue 1 outfit Nice in a deal worth £30m alongside Maxime Le Marchand.

He had been one of the star performers for the French outfit for a number of years, and a move to the Premier League or La Liga always seemed likely.


Since arriving at Craven Cottage, he has been a mainstay in the team, albeit one that is not performing well. Perhaps he needs a partner with more creativity from the midfield, as that may not necessarily be his strength.

Despite the troubling season for Fulham, the Ivory Coast international remains a promising player and a good signing.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:

While Seri cost significantly more than Ki, which is obviously a negative in a transfer battle, he has made a much greater impression on his club already.

Seri is a mainstay in the Fulham midfield, while Ki is still struggling to establish himself at Newcastle. It is for that reason why the Ivorian wins this battle.

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