One of the reasons Newcastle haven’t done too well so far this season, is that Siem De Jong has been out basically all season for us, and as far as we know, he will not return until some time next year.
Siem de Jong – still more than two months away from comeback
The Newcastle United midfielder tweeted on October 1st that he still had a couple of weeks left on his crutches, so hopefully he will be off those soon, but it’s going to be a long haul back for the 25 year-old Dutch International.
De Jong signed a six-year deal with Newcastle United in July for a fee that was around £6M, and he was quickly named vice-captain by manager Alan Pardew, because of his obvious leadership qualities.
Siem had been captain of Ajax for a couple of years, and was given the number 10 jersey on Tyneside, and it was thought he would play in the withdrawn striker role at Newcastle.
The Dutchman made his competitive debut as a 70th minute substitute against Aston Villa on 23rd August 2014 in the Premier League but has just three appearance for Newcastle so far.
In early September he injured his right thigh and tore a tendon in training, and that was thought to rule him our for a number of months with the consensus that he would probably be out for the rest of this year.
Siem is starting to get around a bit, and he was in Amsterdam yesterday launching the first Ajax Foundation 5Km run and you can follow what he’s doing on his Insagram account.
This is what Siem had to say over the weekend:
“Newcastle is a great City, cosy, a bit like Amsterdam. There are many students and that helps keep the City vibrant.”
“It is hard to say really when I will be fit again.” “It is going well and I feel good but it is a nasty injury. I hate it even more as you want to help the team but you can’t.”
“Being able to support the other Dutch guys, that’s good.”
We’re looking forward to seeing de Jong back playing for Newcastle, but his serious injury has been one of the reasons the Newcastle side just haven’t got going so far this season, and are finding it difficult to score goals.
Alan Shearer yesterday even admitted he was worried about Newcastle for this season.
Hopefully we can get our first win on Saturday at home against Leicester City – that’s what we are hoping for.
You may want to send Siem a message of support via his Twitter account – it must be difficult for the player, after what has happened since he arrived on Tyneside.
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