Newcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yeung needs to start stepping up his game at St. James’ Park.
The free summer signing has done little to impress so far, and is behind Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden in the pecking order.
Many thought the signing of Ki was a shrewd one given his Premier League experience with Swansea City.
He had been linked with a move to AC Milan who admired his technical ability.
But Newcastle were the ones to snap him up, and the move has not panned out as planned so far.
Ki has made just two Premier League starts, with Benitez preferring to use Diame alongside Shelvey in the engine room.
Concerningly for Ki, Diame himself has done little to impress so far.
Supposedly manager Rafa Benitez is concerned about Ki’s ‘lack of mobility’.
According to Chronicle Live, the Spaniard wants Ki to work on that before he is considered for minutes in the Premier League.
Ki has never been know for his pace or ability to manouevre the ball particularly quickly.
At Swansea his game was about being methodical with the ball.
His stature does not allow for him to do things at pace, but he’ll clearly have to work on that if he wants to see more game time.
Certainly by mid-October, people expected Ki to be at a more advanced stage than he is right now.
He needs to step up his game. He has some good qualities to offer and with Diame struggling, it’s a chance for him to prove his worth.