Adam Johnson looks a reborn player. Wes Brown’s return instantly lifts confidence in the back four. Bardsley is back to where he was when voted player of the season.
But the main reason Sunderland have been playing better in most recent games is arguably the cool, intelligent and secure contribution of our on-loan South Korean midfielder Kin Sung-Yueng.
Ellis Short must be turned upside and the money shaken out of his pockets if necessary to make the move from Swansea permanent. If he could be persuaded by Martin O’Neill a year ago to shell out £5m on Danny Graham, finding the price for Ki is surely so obvious a step that Gus Poyet shouldn’t even need to ask.
Someone said at Twitter that he’d never seen a better-worked Sunderland goal than Johnson’s second at Craven Cottage. The finish was, indeed, clinical and Johnson fully merited the hat-trick he ensured by letting it be known no one else would be allowed to take the penalty even if Messi ran on as substitute.
But Ki’s perfectly weighted pass was incisive attacking football at its best. He always looks comfortable on the ball and rarely surrenders possession. With Fletcher and Altidore struggling for goals, his sharpness in that department is also a refreshing boost for the team.
If Michael Laudrup’s words can be taken at face value, Sunderland would be banging on an open door. He has apparently said Ki would spend most of the time on the bench if recalled – are the other Swansea midfielder that good? – and that it would be unfair on a player who still has hopes of a Wembley appearance in red and white stripes.
Get out and splash the cash, Ellis. You’ve allowed previous managers to spend your money unwisely. This time we all know what we’d be getting. And judging by the turnout of South Koreans at Craven Cottage, you’d be assured of a decent run of ticket sales.
13 thoughts on “Adam Johnson is not the only Ki to survival”
For me the real key to survival is the incoming and outgoings during the current window.
Cabral has gone and could well to be followed by Gardner, Ji, Agnew and Cuellar.
But I think that is all we should let go and then need to bring in at least four plus a back up keeper.
So far we have been strongly linked to Scocco,Vergini and Bridcutt as well as a couple of keepers. I think it would be good to get these players ,but in addition we could also do with another ball playing central midfielder ,just in case Ki gets injured.
I think these additions would give us cover in all positions and prevent the l need for players having to be played out of their natural positions.
not sure how Agnew got in there…..I meant Diakite.This predictive text is just too smart for its own good!
A terrific player who always looks in control.Much appreciated by the travelling support on Saturday.When was the last time we had someone so comfortable on the ball?Don Hutchison perhaps?
Or, dare I suggest, Lee Clark?
The Echo suggests that what your are advocating is happening Drummer. I totally agree. GP is a proper football man who has done wonders with nothing, and in the case of some of these players even less than nothing. Back the manager Ellis and get rid of the Italian with the stupid hair.
That’s the thing , Ellis Short is probably a little gun shy about backing Poyet to the extent Bruce, O Neill and to a lesser degree PDC/Di Fanti ( £6 million for Altidore anyone?) were. Given their trackrecord you can’t blame him, but Poyet is the real deal for me. It’s very early days but he seems to be the only manager we’ve had in recent years that we eventually risk losing to one of the money bags elite if he continues in this impressive vein.Every other recent ex manager has downsized in my view after leaving. Back him Ellis, buy Ki and a few more of he’s targets. Escape relegation this year and we will thrive next season under this man.
Dead right and I’m sure Poyet is working on it.
No doubt after having been given time to settle in Ki has given very good accounts of himself in recent weeks. If Swansea don’t need him we should buy him now the window is open, it will give a massive statement of intent and prove that relegation isn’t an option, wait and see if we stay up sends the opposite message.Borini and Alsonso should also be tied up now to ensure they are there given everything when the time comes. From now until the end of the season will be tough and you want men in the trenches battling for their future
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