John Carver has given his press conference and mainly John had good news about the players, although Siem de Jong will not be available for the game at QPR on Saturday – but technically he’s not really injured but John has said the Dutchman just has to strengthen himself up generally – and especially in his quad muscles – the thigh muscles.
Siem de Jong – scoring against Swansea
It’s been a very tough season for Siem de Jong, but all being well and maybe some general strengthening work over the summer will see Siem all set to go for next season, always assuming we are still in the Premier League, and he will be like a brand new player for us.
That’s the same with 19 year-old Rolando Aarons – who was outstanding in pre-season and early this season – so basically if both can strengthen up in the summer, we will have two very good players already available to us for next season.
This is what John Carver said specifically about Siem de Jong today:
“He’s not actually out injured, he just needs to strengthen up the quad muscle.” “So it was touch and go whether he was available this weekend.”
“But if gets through the next couple of days of training he could be available for the West Ham game next Sunday.”
Siem hasn’t had too much injury trouble over his career, apart from his last season at Ajax, and his first season at Newcastle, where he has only managed five appearances with one goal for the club.
But he isn’t only a very good technical player, but the Dutchman also has leadership skills and he was captain of Ajax of course.
Leadership is one thing the squad has been lacking this season, so in the summer hopefully Newcastle will try to recruit players of strong character and good leadership skills, as well as good footballers – hopefully very good footballers.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility with a new coach coming in over the summer, that Siem de Jong becomes the Newcastle captain next season – as long as his fitness problems are no longer an issue.