Siem de Jong has been interviewed again today, and he has said that he has talked to Alan Pardew and that Newcastle’s ambitions are to go one better than two years ago – and finish in the top four of the Premier league.
Siem de Jong – scoring for Ajax
This is what 25 year-old Siem has said today:
“Newcastle had some difficulties in the second half of last season, but I hope we can be better this season and we can aim for the fourth place and for the Champions League,”
“That’s a goal here and it’s a really tough goal, because there’s a lot of big clubs in England, but we’ll do our best to make it a great season.”
“The club has told me about their plans, and that they want to sign some other players and mix them in with the existing players to build up something really strong, that’s the goal for the team and for me also.”
“We have to aim high, even when I was at Ajax and we were playing in the Champions League, getting out of the group was also a tough goal, but you have to aim high.
“We’re building up a good team, with some new players so it will be good to see all the pieces fit into place.”
We like the way Siem thinks – but of course he’s been at a top club like Ajax for a while, but that ambition is great to see at Newcastle.
And while Alan Pardew would never come out and say we are trying to be a top four team again – surely that’s at least the stretch goal at Newcastle.
Pardew also has to produce something really special next season, after the trials and tribulations of the last two seasons, after we had done really well in finishing in 5th place in May, 2012.
More players like Siem de Jong would help us to do exactly that.
What do you think?