It’s interesting that when Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle in January, manager Alan Pardew had him playing as a withdrawn striker, and he was getting a lot of goals, and in fact he scored five goals in his last seven games for the club, and two great goals against West Ham in his very last game to get us that win at Upton Park. Then he left and we started going downhill.
Siem de Kong – great singing for Newcastle
And Siem de Jong’s favorite position is as a withdrawn striker, where he can both score goals and create goals which he did at Ajax, so in that way he could be replacement for Yohan Cabaye.
At the very least he’s a creative player who will help the Newcastle side enormously and he’s been welcomed as a very good signing by the fans – and it seems we’ve been after him since a year last January when it even looked we could have signed him then.
Newcastle get criticized a lot these days (what’s new?) – but it;’s also important to give the club credit when they bring in a player of Siem’s abilities – we think he’s a great signing for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the player today:
“It’s very important for us.” “After Yohan Cabaye left last year we lacked some intelligence to our team in attacking areas.”
“We are absolutely overjoyed to bring him to the club.” “He will give us some intelligence in that last third.” “He will create situations for us.”
“It’s something towards the back end of last year, we struggled with.” “It’s a big signing for us and he brings massive experience from Ajax.”
“Our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays.” “I can’t wait to start work with him.” “He is a player I have courted for 14 months or so.”
“To finally get him is a real pleasure for me personally.” “We hope he is going to have a great career here.”
Newcastle need out-and-out strikers in and he can fit that role, and we need creative midfielders in, and Siem can also fit that role too.
Did we say he was a great signing for Newcastle?
We need four or five more signings like this and we could be on our way next season.
Howay The Lads!!
Written while on vacation in Winchester, England.
Madeline and I went yesterday to see the house we owned in Romsey many moons ago before I was transferred to the US – and we couldn’t find it – but eventually got there – but we walked seven miles – and my knees are killing me today.
Last night we had dinner with my best man Terry – who still lives in Romsey – weather is excellent – nice and cool.