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Some Newcastle supporters are worried by Ki Sung-yeung signing

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Some Newcastle supporters are worried by Ki Sung-yeung signing

Newcastle United have made their second signing of the summer as Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer from relegated Swansea City. The South Korean captain has signed a two-year deal at St James’ Park and adds Premier League experience to the Magpies’ squad.

The Northern Echo report that he has been signed to help replace Mikel Merino who is set to move back to Spain and join Real Sociedad.

There has been a mixed reaction to the signing. On the one hand, Ki is a seasoned Premier League player capable of making meaningful contributions at the highest level and he is a low-risk capture on a free signing.

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However, given the negativity within the fanbase regarding the lack of transfer funds being made available for Rafa Benitez, the fact this is a free transfer hasn’t increased optimism that the manager will be backed.

There have been plenty of rumours regarding the future of the Spanish coach, but he has spoken positively about his new signing. He told the official site:

“I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.

“He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”

Ki arrives with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name, while he has over 100 caps for South Korea. Newcastle did well to finish in the top ten last season, but they were a young squad and game management was a weakness of theirs at times. Benitez will be hoping that the 29-year-old midfielder can improve that aspect.

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Benitez will also want his team to retain possession better in the 2018/19 campaign and Ki is an excellent passer of the ball. His pass accuracy has remained around 90% throughout his time in England and he possesses the quality to make positive contributions with the ball.

In addition to his possession play, the South Korean offers a goal threat with his best season coming during the 2014/15 season. He scored eight Premier League goals during that year.

It is too soon to fairly judge this signing. If Newcastle are bringing in Ki to spend big elsewhere, it is a shrewd deal by the club, as he can still contribute in Premier League matches.

However, if it is a sign that another low spending summer is ahead, supporters have the right to be concerned about the long-term future. Looking back at the Ashley tenure, fans on Twitter can be forgiven for taking the second view, as shown below:

Jake Jackman

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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