Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has welcomed the club’s latest to the club, issuing a message via his own personal website.

Rafa declaring ‘The Captain of Korea has arrived’, following South Korea’s exit from the World Cup.

Out of contract at Swansea after today, Ki Sung-Yueng is Newcastle’s second signing of the season after Martin Dubravka went from loan player to permanent signing.

Via Rafa’s own personal website:

The captain of Korea has arrived

South Korea captain checks in –

Rafa Benitez:

“I’m really pleased to welcome Ki Sung-Yueng to our club today.

“He captained South Korea at this summer’s the World Cup.

“He’s a player with vast Premier League and international experience, having played for Celtic and Swansea, so it was an easy decision to bring him here.

“As I said before, he’s the captain of his national team, South Korea, has a good personality and I’m sure he’ll prove to be a good addition to the squad.

“As always, we continue to work hard. COME ON TOONS!!!”

The Mag – Friday 29 June 2018:

Newcastle United are set to announce the signing of Ki Sung-yueng.

He will be the second signing of the season after Martin Dubravka made his move permanent in May.

The midfielder has completed his medical and the Chronicle have revealed he is expected to be officially confirmed shortly.

Ki Sung-yueng left Swansea in May and is available on a free transfer.

The 29 year old made 25 appearances last season as Swansea were relegated, scoring two goals.

He has made over 160 appearances in the Premier League at Swansea and on loan at Sunderland, so obviously no mug.

However, this isn’t exactly a signing to raise hopes of better times ahead for Newcastle United.

Surely more of a squad signing with the likes of Diame and Shelvey doing well in centre midfield.

With Mikel Merino set to leave for around £10.5m this could well be centre midfield cover on the cheap to replace the Spaniard.

Ki Sung-yueng was part of the South Korean squad out in Russia this month for the World Cup.

Knocked out of the competition before the knockout stages, the midfielder started the two defeats against Sweden and Mexico.

In terms of creativity/goalscoring, his PL record reads:

2017/18 – Two goals and two assists

2016/17 – Zero goals and one assist

2015/16 – Two goals and one assist

2014/15 – Eight goals and one assist

2013/14 – Three goals and one assist

2012/13 – No goals and one assist



  • Pc07

    “Come on toons”, seriously? This just sounds wrong in so many ways.

    • Leazes.

      The implication is that he doesn’t understand what the word means.

      • Alex

        The implication is that it’s a direct aim at those ‘Toons’ with access to the cheque book. Let alone get it out, they need to find it first.

        • Neil Swan

          It’s simply that his website is ran/administrated by an employee. Rafa’s rarely so histrionic in real life, so the awful COME ON TOONS! expression is clearly the ‘work’ of an under-underling, probably in their second language too. So no story really. Hope KISY is just a squad player though judging by Swansea fans’ comments.

          • Dillon Tovak

            They said the same when Shelvey left remember.

          • Neil Swan

            Yeah good point, and fans are always more bitter when players leave after relegation. Maybe Rafa will get more out of him.

    • Peter C

      Your right, it does sound wrong, but howay, english isn’t his first language.

      Maybe he was in a rush, and didn’t proofread his words. It happens to the all of us.

    • GlasgowMag

      I wish you would change your “Toons”😂😂😂

    • Leazes.

      That’s the term they use on the US fansite as well :)
      …’yeah go toons go’ and Pardew constantly used ‘offence’…. not too keen on the americanisation at all.

      • Doris

        ‘Offence’ is British English, mate.

        • Danimal

          It is in its correct usage, ie. ‘Pardew’s constant bs often caused offence’. I’m not having it to describe the attacking players in a football team. However, I’m fine with Rafa giving us an affectionate nickname. Cheers.

  • Leazes.

    If he wasn’t there to meet him in person so I guess a tweet is as good as it gets!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Hope Rafa does not read the Mag or he would leave. Bunch of militants who hate the club. He says something positive and do not believe it. Any way the leader of the depressives is back to cheer you all up.

    • Peter C

      You don’t make your dislike of Mr Leazes, very obvious, do you !

      • Damon Horner

        Is it definitely Leazes he is talking about…?

        • Peter C

          I’m sure Leazes, is one of many on his Hit list. Think I maybe on it as well, or possibly not, or I hope I’m not.

          I just don’t agree with much he has to say, very little in fact, but I did yesterday about a point he made, You can’t be right, or wrong all the time.

          • Damon Horner

            I don’t think you’ll be on it mate. I don’t think you should worry about it even if you are!

          • Peter C

            I’m not, have more important things to worry about, than differences of opinions on here.

        • TheNutJob

          Jezza, i think

          • Leazes.

            Yes the greaser is back

          • Damon Horner

            Agreed.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He is second in command the leader has been missing recently probably been at a training camp for a couple of months but back now.

        • Peter C

          Is this Jezza, who you think is chief agitator.

          By the way, hope you don’t include me in the militant bunch as you put it,

          I think that I’m a very “Middle of the Road” person, which maybe not very exciting, but I’m open to all thoughts and opinions, even ones I believe are stupid, and don’t agree with.

          We a can learn something from each other, no matter how small it may be.

  • Tweed Mag

    Overall good news, no need to concentrate on an unfamiliar phrase.

  • Steven05

    Having a go at our Spanish world class manager for adding an ‘s’ to Toon? Seriously???

    • Leazes.

      Rafa’s now a ‘Trophy Manager’ with a slightly below average squad…. it worked for a season quite well and allowed us to punch above our weight with few injuries and ultra defensive tactics…. unfortunately the owner now has this as a blueprint.

      If other clubs had Rafa’s services they’d be building something not carrying on like this!

      • Peter C

        Would have to agree with the points you’ve made in this post.

        Apart from the phase “Trophy Manager”, sounds a bit demeaning towards Benitez. Although I can understand it’s use, in context, regarding Mike Ashley.

      • Steven05

        Absolutely correct

    • Superdooperhooper

      It doesn’t sound right and anyway he’s a prisoner seeing out the last year of his sentence because he can’t afford the buy out clause. A golden opportunity wasted because of fatty’s penny pinching

  • Graham Bell

    We say howay the lads and rafa in his spanglish says come on the toons can’t see the problem with that sentiments still there