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.
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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