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Benitez must pull Ki in from the cold to add more finesse to Newcastle’s midfield

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Benitez must pull Ki in from the cold to add more finesse to Newcastle’s midfield

Rafa Benitez is clearly not a fan of summer signing Ki Sung-yeung as the Korean midfielder has hardly been seen since his summer arrival from Swansea City.

Perhaps the Spaniard thinks that the South Korean is too much of a luxury in a side who are on the back foot for much of the game; he has generally preferred holding players who can win the ball back rather than offer style on it throughout his career.

But the current formula isn’t working, with Mo Diame alongside Jonjo Shelvey in midfield so surely it is time for a change.

 

Benitez’s lack of options is well-documented so ignoring a proven Premier League quality campaigner, who is just as good on the ball as Shelvey is a confusing stance to take.

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Going into a home game with a side such as Watford, Benitez should at least have options on the pitch capable of monopolizing the ball and dominating the match and Ki fits the bill.

The obvious move would be to drop Diame, but even stringing Ki across midfield in more of a 4-3-3 may offer the midfield trio more freedom, as opposed to allowing number 10 Ayoze Perez to be swallowed up by the gap between midfield and attack.

Either way, Ki has quality and with Benitez’s current approach not working, now is the time to let him show what he can do.

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