This comes after the South Korean’s outstanding performance from the bench last weekend, with him turning the game on its head and providing the assist for Perez’s goal, however it seems Diame has been a fan of his long before he arrived on Tyneside.
Here’s what he’s had to say about Ki ahead of Saturday’s game with Bournemouth:
“He’s a quality player. Since I’ve been in the UK I’ve seen him play before at Swansea and Sunderland, so I know how good he is.
“It’s easy to play with a quality player like him. He has a lot of composure, he plays good passes, and he is good for the team.
“Hopefully we can get another good result against Bournemouth – whether Ki or Jonjo plays – because everybody deserves it, from the players, to the fans, to everyone who works here. We deserve another win for the effort we put in.”
“Things went against us at times against Watford. We had three injuries, but we have to congratulate the players who came on because they did very well,” “Schar did well at the back, Ki dictated the game and provided an assist, then Ayo scored that crucial winning goal, too.
As we saw on Saturday and as Mo suggests here, it seems we’ll be in safe hands with Ki IF Shelvey is unable to be fit in time to face Bournemouth this weekend.
We can’t get carried away as there must’ve been a genuine reasons why Rafa chose not to include the ex-Swansea man in his match day squads earlier in the season (his ‘lack of mobility’ was suggested as the reason), however there were some real encouraging signs from him last Saturday – and Diame’s comments only help back this up.
Let’s hope he can continue from where he left off against Watford if he is to start on Saturday.