An interesting/amusing reaction from Sunderland fans, as Newcastle United unveil their second summer signing.
Ki Sung-Yueng has just completed his 2018 World Cup campaign with South Korea, having come to the end of his contract at Swansea.
The 29 year old has been at Swansea for six seasons but spent 2013/14 at the Stadium of Light.
He made 27 Premier League appearances that season as Sunderland fans saw their team end up 14th in the Premier League, their highest league position these past five years, whichever division they have been in…
An interesting mix of opinions…
The big positive is that plenty Mackems admit through gritted teeth that Ki Sung-Yueng has decent ability and especially as a free transfer, represents a good/very good signing.
On the negative, they claim a major lack of heart/effort especially when things get tough which to be honest is a similar story to what the Swansea fans said, when we featured their comments earlier.
The Sunderland fans, well plenty of them, claim that the loan player did the dirty on them by dodging their relegation fight run-in, so he could prepare better for the 2014 World Cup.
In his 27 PL games for Sunderland, he started the 3-0 win at St James Park and came on as a sub in the 2-1 home win over Newcastle, two of only six PL games that Sunderland won when Ki played. Yet another reminder of how we helped keep them up for so long….
A decent number of the Sunderland fans are also going down the line of saying that whilst he is a decent player, more ambitious clubs such as ‘Everton or West Ham’ weren’t interested.
Well, Newcastle fans wonder as well, only when the summer transfer window is over, will we see where Ki Sung-Yueng ranks amongst the NUFC signings.
Sunderland fans react via their Ready To Go message board:
‘Free transfers from relegated clubs. Not exactly the type of signings the mags were expecting after their glorious 10th place finish last season.’
‘I can only assume that better teams such as Burnley weren’t interested in him.
Hardly a surprise that there weren’t more takers for an average lower half of the league player.’
‘Canny player, knows how to fight relegation. Can see why they want him.’
‘Knows how to fight relegation?
I may be wrong but he downed tools after the cup final and never kicked a ball during the relegation scrap from end of Feb onwards. Tidy player, heart of a pea.’
‘I thought Ki was a really classy player but, as has been said, he gave up after the cup final and was thinking solely on the World Cup.
A very good signing for them, sadly imo.’
‘Average Premier League player now at an average Premier League club at best.’
‘I’m surprised they have bothered to be honest. Newcastle must have got a good deal.
He’s neat and tidy but won’t set the world alight for them. Has played alot of his time at bottom of premier league so I don’t see how he will improve them.’
‘If you consider this logically, if he was highly rated then he’d have been wanted by better clubs.
But he’s certainly ok for a mid table to lower half team. But then Swansea have struggled for at least 2 seasons with him in their team.’
‘Very good footballer, bit suspect defensively but on a free that’s a great bit of business.’
‘He was a coward. The team pick up more points when he went AWOL. He has no fight in him what so ever.’
‘Not good enough for relegated Swansea, but good enough for the mags. Well that is about right.’
‘He’s a bottom half of the premier league player. Perhaps that’s where fat Mike and the fat Waiter are aiming?’
‘Wait till the Ronnie puts some spin on it, no doubt they’ll get him to have a dig at SAFC anarll.’
‘Aye he just needs coaching properly, just like the way Rafa transformed Manquillo.’
‘Was a disgrace after the cup final. Tidy footballer but spineless as they come. Nee use in a tight spot. Wasn’t relegated here because he ended the season out of the team… was relegated as a part of Swansea’s team though. They’re welcome to him.’
‘He was unavailable for selection on our relegation guaranteed run in.
He left our club and even the country before our season ended.
He then trained with Korea and played in the world cup.’
‘Decent player, has something to offer and run of the mill mid table quality.
It’s worth noting if you aren’t called Barry Smith, bench press every morning, drink nothing other than lager, sleep on a concrete floor, bleed coal dust, and spend your entire life running in straight lines you aren’t going to be particularly popular at safc.’
‘Bloody good player Ki. Not perfect but mostly good for us, I’d say. To think we tried to replace him with Rodwell!!!
Not sure he’ll be enough for that lot though, unless he rips it up in the first few games. They’d probably like him more if cost £15m! But a good signing I’d say, smart business.’
‘They may be buying all of the mag slayers so that they can re-play all of the matches and maybe notch up a few draws this time.’
‘Very, very good player on the ball coming from deep positions. Lacks a bit of heart when the going gets tough but will be a good signing for them.’
‘Not really a fatty RafRaf type – hates tracking back and defending.’
‘Ridiculous to pretend he’s not a decent player. But that’s all he is and is not of the quality that they would be expecting.
Ex Sunderland on a free. The spin machine will have to dig out the old Colback quotes.’
‘Good player on his day, however am i being cynical in think Ashley is doing this to sell more Newcastle shirts overseas, getting £10m from Merino and a bit of a cash injection from overseas shirt sales by signing one of South Korea’s most recognisable players.
Anyway as a player he’s steady and decent, rarely caught in possession but no world beater, good signing on a free though.’
‘Meh, he’s a good player but it’s not a flash signing is it. Can’t see any club bigger and better than them signing him like an Everton or West Ham because they have bigger plans.’
‘Quarter of the Newcastle team ex safc!
Few more in and they’ll hopefully follow our lead and go down the leagues!’
‘Decent player like and better than what they’ve got.’
‘100% an improvement. Fair play to them because that’s a great signing for them.’