We had an article out yesterday afternoon that Siem de Jong is very likely to be given Ben Arfa’s number 10 shirt when the squad numbers are released next week, and that assumes Ben Arfa will be sold this summer – and there’s been every indication that will happen.
Siem de Jong – a natural number 10
Siem de Jong has this to say in the local press yesterday about his best position:
“For me my best position is as an attacking midfielder, a player who comes in the box late as a second striker and helps with the attacking play.”
“That’s how I scored most of my goals at Ajax, by coming into the box with combinations of passes, or crosses. I hope I can do the same here.”
“I don’t really set targets, I didn’t really do that at Ajax so I won’t do that here. I’ve scored double figures in three or four of my seasons at Ajax, so double figures here? Maybe in all competitions.”
“The main part of my play is to see the space in the box and come as a second striker and score goals, also to get in some crosses.
What Siem is talking about there about coming into the box and scoring goals or setting up chances is exactly what we didn’t have this year, after Yohan Cabaye left the club.
And for the second time in two years Newcastle have completed a good deal with Ajax after Vurnon Anita was signed a couple of years ago.
Ajax Technical director Marc Overmars (a great winger in his day) had this to say about the deal:
“We are happy for Siem de Jong in his transfer to the Premier League.” “He played in our youth academy for several years, and after that in our first team for six years, where he was very successful.”
“All in all, he’s a perfect example of how we, at Ajax, see things going for our talents. We wish him much success.”
Pre-season will start up at Newcastle in the next day or so, and it will be interesting to see if Newcastle can make another signing very soon, given we have gained some momentum from the signing of Siem de Jong – and fans seem to agree he’s a good acquisition for the club.