Newcastle take on Chelsea this Sunday and Rafa Benitez might want to consider handing a first start to Ki Sung-yueng.
The South Korean international arrived at St. James’ Park on a free transfer after his contract at Swansea expired.
The 29-year-old is yet to feature for the Magpies, despite having made both Premier League matchday squads so far.
Benitez has preferred to partner Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame in the middle of midfield together.
Shelvey will surely start every game going forwards, but perhaps it’s time for Ki to start alongside him.
Diame to make way?
Diame has made an uninspiring start to the season.
Although his defensive work has been relatively good, he has been a little sloppy in possession.
The game against Chelsea may suit him with Maurizio Sarri’s side likely to have more of the ball, but perhaps Ki should be considered later on or for the impending games after.
What does Ki bring?
Ki, as demonstrated during his time in Wales, is much tidier in possession that Diame.
The midfielder is also more technical and better playing in tight areas, which could mean he strikes up a great partnership with Shelvey.
Ki also has the ability to defend. At 6ft 2in, he is capable of getting into physical battles and coming out on top.
He could really be worth a shout to start. Should Diame underwhelm against the Blues on Sunday then Ki must be brought in alongside Shelvey.
Either that, or have Diame operate as a holding midfielder with Ki and Shelvey just in front and switch to a 4-3-3.