According to widespread reports over the past few days Celtic have agreed a deal with Swansea to transfer playmaker Ki Sung Yueng. Ki Sung Yueng is expected to join Premier League side Swansea for a fee believed to be in the region of £5- £6million.
Ki is viewed as Joe Allen’s replacement and costs considerably less than Swansea fans may have expected for a player of his talents. But what can Swansea fans expect from the South Korean international? Well, during the London 2012 Olympic football competition representing South Korea, Ki had a fantastic tournament, he even scored the winning penalty that knocked Team GB out and he was key to helping Korea obtain an Olympic Bronze medal.
Moreover, Ki-Sung-Yueng played a pivotal role in Celtic’s SPL title-winning team last season. Having made 34 appearances for Celtic last season he scored 7 goals with 6 assists also to his name. Over the course of the season Ki impressed several Premier League clubs with his impressive performances including the likes of Liverpool, QPR and Aston Villa all reportedly interested previously.
At 23 years of age Ki-Sung-Yueng has made an impressive 47 caps for Korea scoring a total of 5 goals. Ki made his international debut on June the 7th, 2008 in a 2010 World Cup Qualifying match. He then went on to make the South Korea
squad for the 2010 World Cup where he played in all 3 group games, contributing a total of 2 assists.
Ki, known for his Vision, passing, long-range shooting and his ability to maintain possession and seek defence splitting passes, Ki will definitely strengthen Swansea’s side greatly. With Scott Sinclair looking likely to join Manchester City Michael Laudrup will be looking to bolster his squad and sign the right players to suit Swansea’s style of play. Swansea have identified Ki as one of their main transfer targets this summer following recent departures and Laudrup looks set to obtain the services of one of the club’s top targets.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has spoke about Ki’s likely transfer to the Welsh club and describes it as “Good Business” for Celtic but is saddened to lose such a talented player. Ki only has 15 months left on his current contract and with Celtic only having paid £2.1m to FC Seoul in 2009 for the South Korean, you can understand why Lennon believes that this is the right deal for both clubs involved.
Furthermore, Ki is a versatile midfielder who can play in many roles across midfield, he spent most of last season as a typical box to box player offering Celtic some much-needed structure. He can also play in Attacking Midfield, with his powerful shot and technique he quickly drew comparisons with former Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura but quickly quieted down such comparisons when he said this: “People are expecting me to be the new Nakamura, but I’m not. He was a wonderful player and really gifted technically, but that’s not the style I play. I’m younger, faster and stronger. In South Korea people compare me to Steven Gerrard.”
With a move to the Premier League imminent you can see why Ki would relish the chance to play in arguably the best league in the world and the chance to play against his idol Steven Gerrard will appeal to him greatly. The move will also give Ki the chance to improve different aspects of his game, linking up with the likes of Michu and Dyer at Swansea it’s not just Ki who will benefit from this move. His great vision and awareness will assist his team-mates and create a lot going forward for Swansea,
After their 5-0 opening day victory away to QPR, Swansea already look like they mean business this season. With Ki, Michu, Chico and possibly a few more signings they will pose a big threat in Premier League this season. Expect Swansea to shock a few clubs this season with great team performances.
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