Siem de Jong played the full 90 minutes at Derby County in the 4-0 defeat last night, but that will give him some good match practice and also sharpen up his play, and hopefully the Dutchman can get at least 30 minutes at Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
Siem de Jong – in training
When we play at Leicester and QPR they don’t have many good players but they fight hard and play as a team – and as long as we can match their work-rate and spirit, the class of a player like Siem could maybe swing the game Newcastle’s way.
In any case that’s what we are hoping, although fans think we will lose at the King Power Stadium.
Peter Beardsley is a big believer in the Dutch midfielder, as he said this after the U-21 game at Derby:
“I wish I was as good as Siem de Jong, he is different class. I love watching him – I love the way that he trains and his understanding,”
“If I was as good as he is going to be then I would be delighted. He is so positive and he loves the game, he is a student of the game and he wants to be a part of Newcastle.”
Siem de Jong has become a very important player at Newcastle now because most of our other decent players like Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and Daryl Janmaat will likely leave the club this summer.
If Newcastle can survive in the Premier league – and that’s still an “if” – Siem can maybe help us to attract some top players to the club in the summer, but that’s still going to be difficult.
And it’s looking like he could be the Newcastle captain next season as it looks like Colo will push for a move back to his home town club San Lorenzo in the summer.