SWANSEA want to hand Ki Sung-Yueng a second chance at the Liberty Stadium, regardless of Sunderland’s fate this season.
Ki has been one of Sunderland’s most consistent performers under Gus Poyet and the head coach is keen to sign the on-loan Swansea midfielder on a permanent deal in the summer, if the Black Cats can beat the drop.
The South Korean fell out of favour under former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup last summer, despite making 38 appearances during his maiden campaign in South Wales, following a £5.5million move from Celtic.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was keen to recall Ki from his loan spell at the Stadium of Light during the January window, yet Laudrup maintained that the 25-year-old wasn’t part of his plans.
But with Laudrup now out of the picture, interim Swans boss Garry Monk - who looks increasingly likely to be appointed permanently - sees Ki as playing a big role in his future plans.
Monk said: “Ki is a quality player. You can see the potential he has with what he has delivered for Sunderland this season.
“He has put in some great performances up there and he’s been scoring goals, which has not been great for us.
“In a way it’s good to see, but in another way you don’t want to see it.
“I think Ki could potentially be a great player for Swansea, but of course we will have to see how he feels at the end of the season.
“I don’t know if other clubs will be interested in him come the summer – all that will come out.
“But he is a Swansea player and he is the type you want at the club.
“We need to let players like Ki know how important they are going forward and I think he is.
“He might not have suited one manager, but it doesn’t mean he won’t suit the next manager. For me, I think he is a very good player who could play a key role for Swansea.”
If Sunderland suffer the drop, there will be no prospect of the Wearsiders keeping Ki at the Stadium of Light, particularly as several other clubs have been impressed by his performances in red and white.
But if Poyet can perform a miraculous escape act, Sunderland will still hope to sign Ki, regardless of Monk’s comments, with only a year remaining on his contract at Swansea.
Ki has also enjoyed his time at Sunderland after netting four goals in 35 appearances.