Newcastle Missing This Star’s Creativity

Over the summer,  one of Newcastle’s best buys was signing Ajax captain Siem de Jong, and the Dutch International play-maker was given Ben Arfa’s number 10 jersey,  and the Frenchman was subsequently shipped out on loan to Hull City for the last year of his Newcastle contract.

siem de jong grea hands in air

Siem de Jong – scoring in the game at Oldham with great goal

The thinking was that Siem could take over the number 10 role that Yohan Cabaye was playing until he was surprisingly sold last January to PSG for £20M, but Siem has continued to have injuries this season, as he had in his final season in Holland.

In seven seasons in Holland Siem played 244 games and scored 78 goals for Ajax,  but his record at Newcastle is stuck at three appearances,  and he is isn’t due back until January.

So that means the 25 year-old will miss over half the season for us with a badly torn thigh muscle, and the Newcastle medics have to be very careful with the player’s rehabilitation over the next few months.

It’s difficult when you lose one of your top new players so early in the season

We’ll just have to hope that Siem makes a very good recovery, and that we are not still in relegation trouble when he returns to the side sometime in January.

Getting something out of the game today at White Hart Lane will help us move away from the relegation zone.

What do you think?

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48 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Without coming across as being hugely negative, all I’m looking for in a performance is the slightest showing that we’ve fashioned a set-up that works, that the team are starting to gel, that there’s some apparent confidence in the way they’re being asked to play, some belief in the system and an attacking flair.

    I saw none of the above against leicester last week…it was a poor performance against a poor team and we only just sneaked a win.

    Play like we did against Leicester and we’ll get murdered down there.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Next thread please


    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Copy and paste every 30 mins for Eds new threads.
    I would gan!

    Janmaat – Saylor – Coloccini – Haidara
    Cabella – Sissoko – Tiote – Perez

  • stuart no9

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #4

    ED. Hes far from one of our best buys mate . He hasn’t played .

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Watching the scum on MOTD I think Poyet has mental health issues

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #6


    He’s on about cabella here.

  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #7


    I’m with you mate…if we go after all the top teams away from home where we’re not expected to get anything like we did against MAN U two years ago at christmas, and just go hell for leather, then it can’t do any harm in my book…in fact i think it would have a positive effect on the team irrespective of the result because the players in our team have all been recruited by Mr Carr because they can really play football despite Pardew trying to knock it out of them.

    message to pardew. LET THEM PLAY!

  • Harley

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think there was anything surprising about the sale of Cabaye.

    Should’ve replaced him with sugurdson, spurs were looking to offload him the same window Cabaye was sold. Would’ve been perfect.


    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Exactly Sparky, why play the so called grafters like Goofy, Colback ect that bore the **** out of the fans and offer nothing but energy. I would rather we attacked and offered flair rather than park the bus and get beat anyway.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    De Jong is a surplus.
    BTW this is the wining photo:
    Anita—–Steven Taylor—Coloccini–Haidara–
    —————–Tiote or Sissoko—————
    ———————Demba Cisse————-

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope he doesn’t play Riviere, but I’ve a feeling he might because he’s strong and potentially could be used as a target man.

    It’s time for Armstrong to get a chance. If he was Obertan or Ameobi he’d have had hundreds of games by now.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Gouffran is a lot more useful than being heavily over worked as a second full-back. His hard work would be better served up front or wide of a front three which plays a high press. A setup which Mr. De Boer uses.

    Unfortunately, we have ‘The Bore’ as our manager who doesn’t know how to move the ball round and play football as he is a lower league 80s dinosaur. Instead, he sits everyone back and hopes something comes off. That is unacceptable at this level.

    Pardew out.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Spurs away in the EPL is not the time to start Arma

  • expatmag

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Why not??????

    Can he do any worse than others who have played behind the main striker this season?

    At least he would give us another attacking option up front.

  • expatmag

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Can someone tell me why we are now almost in November and we have yet to see sight nor sound of a centre forward we paid almost 2 million pounds as a loan fee in early august?

    What has happened to Ferrerya?

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16


    By all accounts his showing in training has been poor and I think the king mentioned lack of fitness, he has to get to a level apparently. What this level could be is anyone’s guess. I’m going for running up and down the pitch as a secondary FB. Still he gets a game for the under-21’s and scored about 4-5 so why not give him a try. Same goes for arma or Perez because they can’t be any worse than what we currently play. Alas the king likes his cloggers too much. Gouffran a prime example mate.

  • thai-mag

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    “One of our best buys” he’s had one full game when only half fit and I didn’t realize he was on the pitch till I saw him after the final whistle went. So let’s just wait and see how good he is.

  • expatmag

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18


    Thanks for that. Another dud then? More wasted money. This lot never cease to amaze me.

  • mag92

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Looks as if Cabella has been chosen to play today with the orders to replicate Lamela,even though lamela has had a season to bed into the Spurs side and has been coached by a man manager unlike the substandard Pardew, who blows with the wind regarding team selection.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20


    From what I’ve seen and read about him he likes to play off a target man, a bit like all our other fowards but we have no target man.

    Reading between the lines he’ll be as in affective as the others and rumours persist it was a favour for colo that he was signed. I don’t expect to see him any time soon.

    Not sure who’s fit and who’s not but I’d be shocked to see Cabella play today Pardew will want his grafters.
    Spurs are pretty much perfect for what Pardew wants for his one and only tactic, keep a clean sheet until 70min and then attack a tired team from Thursdays euro game and hope to snatch a winner.

    I hope we get some sort of result as Pardews going no where and I don’t want us being relegated, yet I think spurs will beat us and Pardews tactic will be our down fall again. Who knows though this could be one of them results where everything falls for us.

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    For all the criticism of Pardew playing with one striker, some are suggesting playing Rivier to start – then, then Cisse?

    C’mon, we need two up front unless Pardew decides to play a containing game for a change!

    It may be prudent just to hit Spurs from the start; they won’t be expecting it.

    However, changing styles calls for imagination – where’s Allardyce when he’s wanted!

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    AC, Expat.. I think Pards will only unveil Ferrerya when he’s been fully transformed into a left back.


  • optimistic prime

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23


    I would have tried 433 by now with
    Rivierre Cisse Cabella
    Or even
    Cisse up front
    Rivierre Sissoko Cabella

    So far we’ve never seen to much of Rivierre on the ball playing him left of a front 3 might help his confidence, I’d drop Colback myself I think he’s pointless Tiote doesn’t need him getting in his way.

    Cisse and one of Goufran Arma or Perez with him then
    Rivierre Sissoko Cabella
    Tiote. 4132

    There’s got to be a better formation and team in there somewhere

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Laurent Robert 32 sand the rest of the ‘Pardew Out’ campaigners.

    Pardew’s going nowhere unless he either murders Ashley’s family or gets us relegated.

    Given his continued presence for the foreseeable future, isn’t it time to stop wasting time and energy protesting?

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    optimistic prime

    Your asking Pardew to use some imagination?

    Nah, Pardew and tactical creativity aren’t compatible.

    Ask him to come up with excuses and he’s the worlds best but playing good football, forget it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Unfortunately even if Pardew gets us relegated I still don’t see him going anywhere, Ashley will think a man who with lower league experience will be invaluable. So where at least the one saving grace about the Championship was that we saw lots of goals, we will have Sammy, Dummet etc serving us up 1-0 wins every now and then before Mashers realises mid table in the Championship really doesn’t achieve anything.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Tottenham Hotspurs 0:0 Newcastle United.Maybe this will be today’s result.Or maybe not.

  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    We’ll be outclassed by a far superior team, it doesn’t matter how Pardew lines up or what his tactics are we’re simply not good enough.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    A good result today would inject some life into the fans and players, if we do manage a win I hope Pardew can keep his delusions in check, no doubt we will be seeing lots of pictures of him in those glasses if we get a good result.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    toon kk,
    Maybe not though !

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Anybody read this from the Daily express on Ashley ?

    “And when Newcastle were relegated and some people expected him to walk away he stayed and got them get back into the Premier League.

    What a load of tosh.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Kun Aguero scored 4 goals against Tottenham.When some club let one player to score 4 goals against them that is average club.On the other hand when Harry was in Spurs they honestly were dangerous club fighting even for the title.But referees ruined that chance.Possibly result for today 0:0.

  • Goofy

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Sissoko has to be dropped for a couple of games, his first touch is atrocious., put Cabella in there just in front of Tiote and Anita. Goofy needs dropped for Sammy and need i say it, someone shoot Williamson, he’s utterly useless.

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #35

    He only stayed because he couldn’t get rid, he was desperate to get rid. He was also one of the main reasons why we got relegated in the first place.

    He also “loaned” us the money instead of paying for his almighty mistake like the West Ham owners did.

    The Saviour that he is.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #36

    3 points today just to shut the moaners up, for another week at least.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Oh I forgot we got man city in midweek, oh well at least unitil Wednesday then.

  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    we’re in the bottom three for a reason. Most of our squad are not premier league standard or they are budget alternative chancers for future resale.
    We’ve been lucky enough to have quality strikers to carry us through in the past or otherwise we would have been relegated a few years ago.

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    My team for the match. (3-4-2-1)



  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail for Ashley

    I fear you’re right about Pardew staying in the event of relegation.

    I reckon he’s gracing us with his presence because Ashley won’t sack him and lumber a potential buyer with a replacement the buyer may not want.

    So, if Pardew does go for whatever reason, Ashley import another Kinnear [yuk, shivers down spine] type.

    So, let’s just leave Pardew to bungle on and hope that Ashley succeeds in getting control of Rangers and sells us to an owner with ambition plus good business sense!


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