New boy looking to contribute at both ends of the field.
Ki Sung-Yueng is eager to make a good first impression having secured a season-long loan move to the Stadium of Light.
The 24-year-old central midfielder has joined the Black Cats from Swansea and has already played more than 100 games in British football as well as winning 51 caps for his native South Korea.
“I’m very pleased to join Sunderland,” he said. “I have heard a lot of good things about the club and I am looking forward to playing here.”
Speaking after the signing was confirmed, head coach Paolo Di Canio cited Ki’s technical quality, ability to get forward and range of passing as key factors behind the move.
The South Korean scored 11 goals during an 18-month spell at Celtic and says he’s comfortable getting stuck in at either end of the field.
“My strength is keeping the ball and getting it to the forwards; I like to join in the attack too,” he said.
“It doesn’t really matter – I can go from defence to attack and maybe do both. I have a lot of confidence with that.
“The first game is very important for me and for the team as well.”
Ki is one of 13 new arrivals at the Stadium of Light this summer, having sealed his loan moe in the build-up to transfer deadline day.
He was a regular at Swansea last season, playing 38 games and picking up a Capital One Cup winners’ medal.
However, he has found opportunities harder to come by this season and was eager to grab the chance to go out on loan.
With the Black Cats remodelling their squad over the summer, competition for places is high but Ki says such a challenge is one to be embraced.
“I played many games last season and I think I did well – we won the cup and did well in the league,” he explained.
“I want to play some games and show my quality to the people.
“Of course, there always is competition and I think we need that otherwise the quality will drop. I enjoy competition.”