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eventually clinched his signature for a fee of £2.1 million in December 2009 and made his debut at Parkhead in January 2010. At the end of the 2009-2010 season, Ki was selected in the twentythree man squad for the World cup in South Africa and played in all three group games for South Korea. They were eventually sent packing by Uruguay, but Ki had caught the eye once again with some assured performances for his country. Ki went on to make over sixty appearances in two seasons for the Bhoys and picked up an SPL title and a Scottish cup winners medal during his time there. At the end of the 2011-2012 season his performances at club level and internationally were beginning to attract interest once again, with a whole host of clubs keen to sign him. Ki was selected for the South Korean Olympic football squad and played a crucial role in helping his nation to a third placed finish, and it was his penalty that sent Team GB crashing out in Cardiff. Ki returned to Korea once the games had finished while the likes of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool continued to be linked with him, but no firm offer materialised. It was the Swans who eventually made an offer and the midfielder has now completed his move to South Wales to become the latest addition to what is shaping up to be an exciting squad under Michael Laudrup.

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I watched Ki play for South Korea against Team GB during the Olympics and was very impressed with his contribution, but for the benefit of those who are maybe wondering what Ki has to offer in a midfield that boasts plenty of technically gifted players I spoke to a Celtic fan site 'The Bhoys' (@GlasgowGandW for those on Twitter) to get their opinion on his transfer. What can Swansea fans expect from Ki? ESV: What will Ki Sung Yeung bring to Swansea? The Bhoys: He's a very technically gifted player with a good shot who will do much better in the premier league as he'll get more time to show his stuff and play. He takes free kicks and corners too. ESV: What would you say is his strongest position? Would he be better utilised as an attacking midfielder? The Bhoys: He's got a great range of passing so he is better off playing in a deep lying playmaker role which I think he will at Swansea. ESV: Are there any aspects of his game he could improve? The Bhoys: He never really coped well with the packed midfields he faced in the SPL and the physical side of the SPL, he flattered to deceive and was never really first choice. He was more of a luxury than a necessity but we have lots of options to play a central midfield role at the moment like Ledley, Wanyama and Brown. ESV: One final question, will he be missed by Celtic fans at Parkhead? He was very good on the eye and should thrive at Swansea. He's a good player and the deal is a good one for both clubs. From the interview alone it's clear that Celtic fans felt he was a little light for the SPL, but acknowledge his quality. His experience of the SPL will aid his integration into premier league life. It could be argued that he will come up against packed and

physical midfields when teams visit the Liberty, but our passing style should suit him perfectly and enable him to showcase his talents. The loss of Joe Allen early in the transfer window was viewed as a real body blow to Swansea, and many wondered how Laudrup would move to replace the Welsh international. It seems he believes he has found the answer in the dynamic Korean. For me, the signing of Ki shows a statement of intent from Laudrup to not only survive in the premier league but make an attempt to improve on last season's impressive finish under Rodgers. The Dane has already proven to have connections in the transfer market, with new arrivals Michu, Chico Flores and John De Guzman all impressing the Jack army in the opening two games of the premier league season. It seems he has looked to add a goal threat all over the park and take pressure off our lone front-man. It seems that there has been a subtle change in approach from Laudrup to narrow the pitch and encourage our wide men to support the striker when we go forward, while the likes of De Guzman and now Ki can look to play defence splitting passes and when possible spread the play to wider positions so our fullbacks can overlap and attack the space behind the opposition. Where perhaps last season we were a little pedestrian in possession of the ball, and attacking opportunities would sometimes pass us by, under Laudrup we have looked to move the

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ball forward much quicker, so there should also be chances for the Korean to show us what he can do in terms of not only his shooting, but his skill in dead ball situations at free kicks and corners. If Michu can continue his blistering start to the campaign, he and Ki could become an exciting pair to play behind Danny Graham.

feature more regularly, especially away from home to add a little more bite to the central area, but in terms of the tempo we attempt to maintain and our passing rhythm, the energy Ki possesses could be more useful when it comes to unlocking tricky defences in the same way Joe was utilised last season.

I had the pleasure of watching Ki make his debut against Barnsley, where he showed some nice touches throughout and displayed his ability to go past his marker in midfield. I felt there's more to come from him however, we saw little or nothing of his shooting ability on the night. It was important for him to get a feel for the Liberty before a big game on the weekend against Martin O'Neill's Sunderland side, who will pose a completely different challenge to the one he faced against the Tykes. Let us also bear in mind that this was merely a cup game and the result was of more importance than the performance in my book. I was pleased with what I saw from him on Tuesday and am excited to see what he brings when he has Leon Britton and Michu for company in central midfield. He will need to be at his best to gain a regular spot in our midfield, which as I alluded to earlier his packed with technical ability. I have said in previous pieces I would like to see Kemy Agustien

I have high hopes for Ki, and believe he can play an important role as we look to establish ourselves as a premier league club. With the transfer window open until Friday there could yet be new additions to our squad, along with all our other new arrivals Ki will need to work hard but I believe he has the quality to be a real success story. Who would have thought nine years ago as we fought tooth and nail to stay in the football league that we would one day spend six million pounds on one man AND top the Premier league in the same weekend? It's a very exciting time to be a Jack. Thanks to @GlasgowGandW You can follow me on Twitter @OriginalMattyJ Email me at eaststandjack.gmail.com Follow my blog:

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Are you still involved in the game? If so, where are youare playing? Are you still involved in the game? If so, where you playing? As a Welsh speaker I’m involved and employed by Sgorio which which As a Welsh speaker I’m involved and employed by Sgorio coverscovers mainlymainly the league of Wales, but also some the league of Wales, but also international some international matches, but I believe they don’t contract for thisfor year. matches, but I believe theyhave don’tthe have the contract this year. ohn Hartson is the top man thefor jobthe with but next John Hartson is the topfor man jobSgorio with Sgorio butweek next week he’s doing the international matchmatch and soand I willsobe covering his his he’s doing the international I will be covering commentary job. It means I’ve gotI’ve to got keep watching football commentary job. It means toon keep on watching football nd keep topon of top it, I enjoy andit, I’mand lucky that I get andon keep of it, I it, enjoy I’menough lucky enough thattoI get to get paid watching and following football. getfor paid for watching and following football.

What isWhat yourisfavourite SwansSwans moment? your favourite moment? hat’s That’s a hardaone. we gotwe promoted to the to first division, I hardWhen one. When got promoted the first division, I wasn’twasn’t actually playingplaying with them it was moment actually with but them but ait fantastic was a fantastic moment s a supporter. I go back longatime club I actually as a supporter. I goaback longwith timethe with thebecause club because I actually used toused go down and train when Ivor Allchurch was was to go down andwith trainSwansea with Swansea when Ivor Allchurch playingplaying with them. I used Itoused get to released from Amman Valley Valley with them. get released from Amman Grammar SchoolSchool and I’dand go down and train It usedIttoused to Grammar I’d go down andwith trainthem. with them. be practice matches on a Tuesday. 1964 was my firstmy association be practice matches on a Tuesday. 1964 was first association with Swansea City, going down down to playtopractice matches with Ivor with Swansea City, going play practice matches with Ivor Allchurch who was a scholar and a gentleman Allchurch who was a scholar and a gentleman

Who isWho the best you have with inwith yourincareer? is theplayer best player youever haveplayed ever played your career? t’s a little of abit tough question there because of the of nature of the of beast the beast that that It’s abit little of a tough question there because the nature the and beast and the being beast being ou’veyou’ve got forwards and you’ve got defenders. Bob Latchford was a fantastic player,player, great finisher, a got forwards and you’ve got defenders. Bob Latchford was a fantastic great finisher, a gentleman and a mate well.asI played with him forhim both and Swansea. Joey Jones well,as well, gentleman and aas mate well. I played with forEverton both Everton and Swansea. Joey as Jones great character, not everyone’s cup ofcup tea but salt of salt the of earth, if you were the trenches you’d want great character, not everyone’s of tea but the earth, if youinwere in the trenches you’d want him next youto because he’d give John Mahoney at Swansea as well.asLeighton PhillipsPhillips too, hetoo, he himtonext you because he’d100%. give 100%. John Mahoney at Swansea well. Leighton was a great we played together for Wales was aplayer, great player, we played together for Wales

Best player against? Best player against? Probably Franz Beckenbauer, he scored againstagainst me when played for Wales in the centurion game.game. Probably Franz Beckenbauer, he scored me he when he played for Wales in the centurion antastic player,player, made the game justhe strolled through the game. Fantastic made the look gameeasy, lookhe easy, just strolled through the game.

What do youdo miss the Swans? What youabout miss about the Swans? look for thefor results but football is a young mans game you have move youon, have I look the results but football is a young mans and game and youtohave to on, move yougot have got oyaltyloyalty but loyalty doesn’tdoesn’t last forever because you goyou from club.toThe older will saywill say but loyalty last forever because goclub fromtoclub club. Thepayers older payers younger playersplayers aren’t as good theyaswere my day’ which of course is rubbish because the the ‘younger aren’t as as good theyinwere in my day’ which of course is rubbish because gamesgames changed. The camaraderie down down the vetch great I had aI few once from changed. The camaraderie the was vetch wasthere, great there, had spells a few there, spells there, once from chool,school, once after I then Iwent loan didn’t didn’t play very The other was oncecollege, after college, thenon went onthere, loan there, playwell verythough. well though. The one other one was when John was there. miss camaraderie but dobut I miss No,it? you’ve got to got move whenToshack John Toshack was You there. Youthe miss the camaraderie do it? I miss No, you’ve to on move on eally, really, that’s the past, did but itsbut timeitstotime move that’s thethat’s past, what that’sI what I did to on. move on.

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Any funny stories? The difference between the players that play now and when we played was at least we had a laugh. They say that football is a funny old game but you don’t see many people laughing (with today’s players) and we used to have a laugh. We appreciated what we did, enjoyed what we did, good days, happy days, good memories and then we move on. Where will Swans finish this season? I was a little concerned to be honest with you when they lost the centre half back to Spurs, plus Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair. They lost three players who had good seasons and you can’t replace those over night. A new manager coming in as well but when Brendon came in I thought ‘I’m not too sure of him’ because he’d been to Reading and not lasted long. I think it’s a good move that Laudrup has kept Alan Curtis there, he knows the club, Swansea Jack through and through. I was concerned but they seem to have fallen on deaf ears with the good start but it’s a tough league and a long season. So far, so good. You were signed by Everton after just 12 games at the Swans, was it an easy decision and how did it come about? Well it wasn’t really my decision it was made for me by the managerial team, the manager at the time was Roy Bentley, he told me we’ve got an international goal keeper here called Tony Millington and he said we don’t really have a choice, we’ve got to sell you as most clubs in that league needed to do to balance the books. I’d only played 12 games and 1 Wales under 23 match, so I was bought on the back of that but I was very very inexperienced going to Everton even though I was 23. It wasn’t a very difficult decision for me as it was made for me. A Massive thanks to Dai for putting up with Matty for a while. I heard the interview back and Dai was brilliant, a real gentleman and a very knowledgeable bloke. Thanks again and the best of luck to you.

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It’s early days but here is who have impressed in the first three games of the season.

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Wayne Routledge Who’d have thunk it? He was fine last season when he played without ever looking like a top-class player. Another month or two like this and there will be England talks. I can’t understand why we wasted so many minutes on Rosy Webster’s boyfriend last year while we had this gem warming the bench. We had a rubbish manager then you see. Wayne looks lighting with more tricks to his bow than Dyer and Sinclair combined plus a goal already this season and countless assists. I was so close to putting him in Fantasy Football team when Sinclair refused to sign contract too. Gutted I didn’t now. It would be criminal and poor management if he made way for Hernandez for the Villa game, don’t drop a man on form. He’s had a chance in the first team and he’s taken it. Keep it going..........

Michu To think we were going to spend £5 million more on Siggy. The guy looks class, strong, quick, quick feet, creative, good eye for a pass, great finish, top movement and good in the air. He looks like buy of the season at just £2 million. 4 goals in 3 games, he must be thinking what the fuss was about with this premiership malarkey. We’re already very dependant on him, like we was with Siggy last season. You wonder how we would do should he be out for a few games. It wouldn’t surprise me too much if he does a bit of ‘Chico time’ on the sidelines this season, a bit of bite to him, which we like.

Angel Rangel I don’t know whether the influx of Spaniards has lifted him even more but the player who boasts the greatest name in world football has a spring in his step and it’s carried onto the pitch. A goal to cap it all off, another one blocked off the line against Sunderland and as ever solid at the back. Our wingers more central role has meant that it’s been up to our full backs to offer the width at times and I don’t think Angel takes too much encouragement to push on forward. He loves his football at the moment and he’s had a fantastic start to the season. Keep it up. Special Mention - Vorm He made a save against QPR which I thought was a cert for save of the year before Friedel’s heroics v Norwich. He also made a wonder save against West Ham but as with Ash, the problem with playing so close to your own goal is that any mistake gets well publicised and in this league you get punished. Not his best game v Sunderland, just didn’t look at the races. We still love you very very much though. Please remember that.

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oving on to the price... what can I say. £45 for a home ticket. It's ridiculous. To clarify, the £45 is for Category A games (including Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs), while Category B games (I'm assuming these are somehow unimportant games?!) are £35. Just shy of £50 for a fan to watch their team against one of these 'big' clubs is everything that is wrong with football these days. Naturally it's not just Swansea, but the club are now revealing their nastier side and distancing themselves from the fans with this move.

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blog like this isn't going to get anyone saying “you know what, players are paid too much - let's cut the wages and give something back to the fans”. Still, it's worth mentioning. One day Premier League clubs will price their fans out of the stadium. Empty seats galore reminiscent of the Six Nations or the Euros. Then again, fans will go to any lengths - pay any price - to get tickets to see their club. We're stupid I guess. It's not just me annoyed with this increase. Here are a selection of tweets I received from fellow fans following the announcement of the £45 ticket:

The simple way to look at it is: the average guy in Swansea is finding it hard - unemployment, higher cost of living, recession... it's all a bit gloomy. Football is one of the things that can help ease that stress - it allows a fan to have a pint with their mates, cheer on their team and forget about life for a few hours. However, jacking the price up £10 for these already expensive prime games is greedy. It's at least a day's wages for some people.

“At least relegation has a silver lining now: we get to actually see a game! I saw QPR & Fulham away in the oppositions stands...”

I am well aware that Swansea are not owned by Johnny Oil-tycoon and need to raise money somehow, but as one fan pointed out, even if all six of the Category A games sell out, including away fans, the club will net an extra £270k over the season. This is nothing in Premier League terms

“Think they have forgotten we are in a recession.”

Is that extra money worth upsetting - even excluding - the loyal fans? It's barely enough to pay wages for a few weeks. The fans are the only ones who are suffering. It's now the case of “if you are lucky enough to find a ticket to a Swans home match, can you even afford it?” Think of the silly money that players are paid. I could write thousands of words on the problems of money and football, but it's pointless - it will depress us all and won't change anything. I know a

“Chris, chances are I'll get to see 3 or 4 games max this season. £45 for a Swansea ticket is shocking no matter the opposition. The club has lost touch with their fan base. Especially the ones they'll call on if the PL dream turns sour.”

“The new system is clearly designed to make having a season ticket v attractive (ground expansion in mind). £45 is a lot tho!” “I think at £45 we are turning into a boutique club a la QPR. It was 1/6d or 7.5p when I first paid to see Swans!” Soon it will be the case that the only people who can afford to watch football are... well, footballers. Thank god for illegal Armenian cable hook-ups eh? This article was originally published in July 2012 on www.ForzaSwansea.com.

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