South Korean born player Ki Sung Yeung, may not be considered the greatest Asian player (that tends to be Park Ji Sung’s crown for now), but there is no contesting that he has had the greatest impact of any Asian player on an EPL club.
Swansea City’s most recent run in the EPL began with the 2011-2012, Yeung joined the club in the following season from Irish side Celtic. The club progressed nicely there finishing 9th in his initial season and has kept the Welsh club gain respectability and finish well above the relegation zone every year he has been there. With Yeung turning 28 this year the question has to be asked ‘Has he lost a step?’ and is that driving Swansea’s acceleration to the drop zone, or is the dull, slow pace of the club that was orchestrated by their recently sacked manager Paul Clement the problem. With the majority of the second half of the season still to be contested we will have plenty of time to learn the answer.
Yeung also happens to be the captain of the South Korean national club which recently qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Maybe his focus is on that initiative – South Korea has continued to show good form on the international scene – however the humble opinion of this internet reporter I do not believe that is the case. With the addition of new manager Carlos Carvalhal from Portugal expect Swansea City to be competitive the rest of the season and Ki is not done pumping life into the heart of the Swans.