Newcastle Need This Player’s Leadership

Caretaker manager John Carver had said that Siem de Jong was not as far along as Mehdi Abeid before the squad left for Dubai, but at least the Dutchman is back in training again, but it could still be  a little while before the Dutchman is back playing in Newcastle’s first team.

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Siem de Jong in training in Dubai

John Carver has said this about the Dutch International:

“Having him, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi fit again just adds to the group.” “He seems a huge character, he’s a good talker who pops in every morning for a chat. He’s one of the big characters in the dressing room.”

“But we need him fully fit. I think he’s got to have two, maybe three Under 21 games and then maybe 45 minutes, 70 and then a full game. He’s still a little bit off at the moment.”

De Jong is a leader and former captain of Ajax, and we’ve been missing leadership both on and off the field recently, and it will help Newcastle that at least Siem is now back in training and here’s a possible future captain of the club once he gets settled in.

And of course we need his goal-scoring up front, and he is a threat from free-kicks – so he could become a very important player for Newcastle and important to Newcastle through the end of the season too.

There are only five games for Newcastle before March comes around,  so we would expect him to get a few substitute appearances by then – but he may not even be on the bench at Hull City a week on Saturday.

That’s a game that’s looking an important fixture now and we need to win that to ease the anxiety that’s starting to grow a bit on Tyneside since we’ve taken only 4 points form the last seven league games.

A win in that game is exactly what we need.

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7 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t wait to see him back,but he still needs time to adapt to the PL & to get up to full match fitness.Should be captain next season IMO.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes, we have STaylor, Ferrarya and Jonas who will not play this season, we were also told that the reason MYM wasn’t replaced was timing, now it’s squad size. Communications, now it’s going to be perfectly acceptable for the new coach to defer all questions and we’re going to get a carefully staged statement once a fortnight that doesn’t answer any questions.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m eith you on the season ticket bit, nothing in that statement/interview glossed things over

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #4

    If we get shot of Chucky then fine, Saylor as well, is a reasonable point. I advocated getting rid of Jonas, but that wasn’t particularly popular. The fans would be up in arms if the club told Jonas he wouldn’t play again now. That one is a no win situation.

    On communications, you are working off assumption there.

    As I have already said, these things may not happen but at this stage that does not make it a bad statement. It is the actions that follow which can be criticised if they fail to back up what was said.

  • martoon

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Sgt. Heagerty from last topic – good words you’ve summed up the situation very well.
    What Penfold fails to realise is we have been crying out for a centre half for the last three transfer windows and even more so now with MYM on loan and Saylor out for the season. There are times when you cannot afford to wait and have to bite the bullet and just pay through the nose. If this keeps us in the top 10 it must surely be worth it!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, I think your reaction, and others on other sites proves that there is nothing much there pandering to the fans. That is a good thing in my opinion. It gives it a bit more credence. Many fans aren’t happy with the content, in which case, if it wasn’t at least partially going to be backed up, what is the point in saying it.

    I said it to someone else earlier, the trust isn’t there and that needs to be earned again, which is why I fully understand some fans reactions to it. What was said wasn’t overwhelmingly positive, but there were some good aspects to it and it was an unpopular appraisal of other aspects.

    It doesn’t change the fact I’d prefer Ashley gone.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree. Siem de Jong will light up the Championship next season. Can’t wait. Those Wigan fans won’t know whats hit them.


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