News today that former Ajax captain Siem de Jong has been appointed as the Newcastle United vice-captain, which says something about the importance of one of our new signings this summer.
Siem and Fabricio – vice captain and captain together
This year Newcastle not only played poorly and lost far too many games, but when the need was there we didn’t have enough leaders in the side, and we’re sure one of the goals this summer was not only to bring in some (very) good players, but also some players with leadership abilities – and Siem de Jong fits that profile almost perfectly.
It was interesting this afternoon when we passed the Newcastle training grounds – there were lots of cars parked there, probably in the hope of seeing Remy Cabella, although he may arrive tomorrow and not today – as was reported in the Chronicle earlier today.
De Jong arrived in a £6.5M deal from Ajax, and manager Alan Pardew must have been impressed with what he has seen so far of the former Ajax captain, to install him as the Newcastle’s vice-captain.
It’s right and proper that Argentinian defender Fabricio Coloccini keep the captaincy of the club, and Cheick Tiote will also be vice captain – and the three of them will form the leadership at Newcastle for the coming season.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Independent today:
“At Newcastle I have great faith in Fabricio Coloccini, but we have also just last week announced two official vice-captains in Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong, who was captain at Ajax, giving us three players from different areas of the pitch to take that bit of extra responsibility.”
“Coloccini is a relatively quiet lad, who leads by example and presence and his calmness on the ball.” ‘The most vocal guy does not necessarily mean the best leader, although previously we had Kevin Nolan, who was very vocal in the dressing-room and a great organizer of the group.’
Those are good words from Alan – and we’ll look at Fab, Cheick and Siem as the leadership at Newcastle both off and on the field in the coming season – and we were very impressed with Cheick when he led the team out last season – and he seemed to play well whenever he was the captain of the side, and that’s always a sign of good leadership.
But it seems that Siem is already becoming an important player at Newcastle United – and that’s very good to see.
Note: Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.