Ki Sung-Yueng put in a fantastic performance for Newcastle as the team secured their first win of the season against Watford on Saturday.
Coming on as a substitute in the 51st minute for an injured Jonjo Shelvey, the South-Korean completely changed the game.
A problem for Newcastle this season has been maintaining possession in midfield and the midfielder appeared to solve this issue within minutes of coming on.
His short, neat passes under pressure allowed Newcastle to get numbers up the pitch after having been boxed in by Watford for most of the game.
He also eventually proved the difference between the two sides when he assisted Ayoze Perez from a free-kick.
His cross was hit with such power and accuracy that Perez couldn’t really miss what proved to be the winning goal for Newcastle.
Newcastle’s strikers have come under a lot of criticism this season for not scoring goals, but the truth is they haven’t had many chances created for them.
While he might not create tons of opportunities, he gave the rest of the team confidence to push forward.
The midfielder has certainly given Rafa Benitez something to think about for the upcoming game against Bournemouth.
And many supporters believe he has earned a starting place.
Fans on Ki vs Watford
— Matthew Pitt (@mattypitt1986) 3 November 2018
Ki was UNBELIEVABLE
— Lewis James (@LewisJ4902) 3 November 2018
Ki Sung-Yeung was a game changer today. Fair play to the lad, hope he can really kick on and become an important player now. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) 3 November 2018
Im an adopted South Korean in honour of Ki and his performance today. The lad was absolutely outstanding. 🇰🇷 #NUFC
— Dan (@Dan96___) 3 November 2018
Ki impressed me yesterday, looked comfortable in possession when under pressure and dictated our play. I don’t get why people are saying he isn’t mobile when we have shelvey in there, who looks like he’s towing a caravan most games #nufc
— Mathew Barlow (@MathewBarlow5) 4 November 2018
I saw the whole game change when Ki came on.
He was finding pockets of space that Shelvey wasn’t.
Lots of link up play between the lines.
Just a really good performance from him.#NUFC
— Burnsie 🏴NUFC🏳️ (@BenArfaChance) 3 November 2018