KI SUNG-YUENG admits he feared Rafael Benitez did not want him to be involved with Newcastle United’s first team, and is hoping his contribution to the Magpies’ first win of the season will mark a turning point in his career at the club.

Ki came off the bench to make his fourth league appearance for Newcastle on Saturday, and capped an excellent second-half performance with the driven free-kick that led to Ayoze Perez’s winner against Watford.

The South Korean failed to make the match-day squad on a number of occasions last month, and was worried he might struggle to convince Benitez of his qualities.

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