Ki Sung-yueng's message to his Newcastle midfield rivals: 'I'm determined to keep my starting place'
Ki Sung-yueng admits he would be lying if he pretended his first few months at Newcastle United had gone according to plan. But, now the South Korean has belatedly been handed a chance to impress by Rafa Benitez, Ki is determined to grasp his opportunity and keep his starting place.
The 29-year-old summer signing from Swansea City ส โบ เบ็ ต
made only his third Premier League start of the campaign as he deputised for Jonjo Shelvey during Newcastle's 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. And, having made a game-changing impact off the bench against Watford the previous week, Ki controlled the Cherries clash and made another telling contribution in midfield - including playing an exquisite cross-field ball to Kenedy before the Brazilian crossed for Salomon Rondon to head in United's memorable second.
Earlier this month, Ki stated that he had feared Benitez "did not rate" certain aspects of his play, and the South Korea international has had to be patient when it has come to gametime since joining the Magpies on a free transfer. However, with Shelvey's calf injury having handed Ki ส โบ เบ็ ต
an opportunity, the midfielder is determined to grasp his chance and establish himself as a regular in the United XI.
What's more, Ki has promised that there is far more to come from him in black-and-white stripes - both in terms of assists and goals. “If I say it wasn’t hard in the first few months it would be a lie. But I waited for my chance here because this is an amazing club," Ki said of his start to life on Tyneside. "If we show our quality with our squad we can stay in this league. ส โบ เบ็ ต
It was a difficult time for two-and-a-half months but I have settled down now and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.