The Newcastle U21 side played to a 1-1 draw against West Brom this afternoon, and Siem de Jong played 69 minutes and looked good, and he will now very likely start on the bench in the game against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Siem de Jong – class player
U21 manager Peter Beardsley – a wonderfully gifted player for Newcastle and Liverpool in his day – paid compliments to the Dutch International after the game , and Peter said this to the Shields Gazette:
“Siem’s a top footballer.” “I watch him play, and I have to say – and it probably sounds big-headed – he’s a lot like I was.”
“He does a lot of unseen work in putting people under pressure and closing them down.” “He has such a football brain – he’s a proper number 10. I’ve been very impressed – he’s a class act.”
“I absolutely love him. I’ve been to watch him a couple of times at Ajax as a scout, if you like. He’s got a brilliant brain and can understand the game and slow it down and quicken it up.”
Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez also played in the game, as they both seek to get fully match fit after their long lay-offs.
Newcastle had to thank goalkeeper Jak Alnwick this afternoon for some great saves in the second half, and Newcastle managed to get a point out of the game.
With Siem and Gabby both being out with torn thigh muscles for a while, it’s going to be great to have them back in the first team, especially Siem who has only appeared twice as a substitute all season.
We expect the Dutchman to make a huge impact at Newcastle through the end of this season, and because of his leadership abilities both on and off the field, Alan Pardew made him a vice-captain of the team shortly after pre-season began in early July.
Siem can become a future captain of Newcastle once Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club – probably in 18 months time – when his contract runs out on Tyneside, and he will have been at the club for eight years.
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