There was good news today that Siem de Jong will play tonight at Aston Villa for the U21 side, and he has said on the Newcastle web-site that he hopes to make his return on Saturday at home to Swansea – and we need players back to try to get the win that will relieve some of the growing anxiety on Tyneside.
Siem de Jong – could be back on saturday
This is what Siem has said before the game tonight:
“I’m almost back but I just feel I missed the last 5% in terms of explosiveness and things like that. Sometimes you want to make an action and you’re just not that explosive yet.”
“I have to work on that in the coming days and weeks. We’ve trained hard until now but I’m still building up.” “I’m not there yet but I’m getting there. We haven’t discussed when I’ll be back but I hope to be back on the bench against Swansea depending how it goes in the coming days.”
“We’ll see how it goes – I still have to get a little bit stronger, a little bit more explosive and a little faster so hopefully I can work on that.”
Let’s hope Siem comes through the game OK tonight and he could be on the bench on Saturday.
The other good news is that Paul Dummett should be fit and he could come straight back in at left back – and then we’d have a decent back four.
And John Carver will change the tactics for the game at Swansea – and that’s good – if only because we did nothing to warrant a win yesterday against Tottenham.
This is what Carver has said today:
“I am now going to have to come up with a team that will work hard. A team that will close people down and will put people under pressure.” “It might not be pretty but it will get points.”
“I can’t see anybody who will come back and affect the group. Maybe Paul Dummett and Siem. We will see how they go during the week.”
“We’ve had a good conversation, even the injured lads were in there along with all the staff, and we need to come up with a solution and hopefully we can find that.”
John makes too much of the “good conversations” he has with the players – John has to remember it’s only talk and means very little – and players will probably be telling him exactly what he wants to hear – so he then thinks everything is fine.
Until they play the next game and nothing has changed.
Maybe some one-on-one talks with a few of the players – but some probably the majority need a good old kick up the pants to wake them up.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating – actions speak louder than words – and it’s time a lot of our players just got out on that pitch and played like their lives depended on it.
We played great in that second half against Arsenal, so we know the players now available can do that.
That’s what we want to see against Swansea – an all out effort – giving 100% and playing for the shirt – the Newcastle UNited shirt.
If the lads can do that – who knows – we could even win the game.
Howay The Lads!!