Newcastle have 16 games to play this season – about a game each weekend, and one of the things we are looking forward to is seeing Siem de Jong play for Newcastle, and he should be available for the first team in a few weeks time.
Good shot of Siem de Jong in training
We signed Siem from Ajax in the summer for £6M, and he’s not only a good footballer but also a leader both on and off the field, so he’s probably a future Newcastle captain.
The 25-year-old looked good in pre-season, but has only made two substitute appearances for Newcastle so far this season.
This is what Siem had to say about his long term injury:
“It’s a big difference to me just being able to train with the group,” “It feels good. I still have to get more training sessions and some minutes with the U-21s in the coming weeks.
“I need to get up to full strength – especially if I want to play long parts of a game.” “I need some conditioning work but also games.”
“So it’s probably going to be a couple of games with the U-21s – but also just training sessions, 11 against 11 and those kinds of things.”
“It’s been a long recovery. After the operation I was out for six weeks but after that I started back pretty quick and trained for two-and-a-half months by myself, so it’s been a long time.”
“It’s difficult sometimes because you’re not really in the group and you’re not really with the team, but most of the time I was at the Training Center so I’d see the guys a lot and still felt part of the team.”
“But it difficult when you’ve just come here and you’re out for such a long time, so I’m glad to be back training.” “I can understand that people expect quite a lot from you when you arrive as a new player and then you get injured for four months.”
“So of course I want to be back in the team as soon as possible.” “But I have to be a little bit sensible about it,” “It’s always nice to have a little pressure. In games where you have pressure, I think you can do a little extra.”
“I’ve been important in the past in important games so I hope to be here too – but first I just want to get back into the game and start playing again.”
Siem’s right that a lot is expected of him, but he’s played at the highest level in the Champions league with Ajax, so he shouldn’t need too much time to adjust to the Premier League – hopefully.
And who knows next season we have his former manager Frank de Boer at Newcastle as our new head coach.
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