Siem de Jong in his first season at Newcastle went through hell and high water, and he had various injuries which kept him out of the side and then last February he suffered a collapsed lung for the second time in 18 months.
However there is good news in that they immediately operated on him to fix the cause of his collapsed lung and that seems to have been fixed, and he is fit and playing now for Newcastle in pre-season, and he seems to be really enjoying it.
The 26 year-old Dutch International joined us a year ago from Ajax for £6M.
Siem de Jong – fully fit now
It must have been so frustrating for the 6 times capped Dutch International, and he has opened up about his trials and tribulations today:
“It’s going to be a really important season for me.” “The key thing is to stay fit, and I’ll be doing all I can to play as much as I can.”
“I want to play a lot of games this season and forget last season. It was a tough season for me personally, and also the team. I hope I can help the team a little bit more this season.”
“I started off pretty good in pre-season, and got injured straight away.” “The fans expect a lot when you come to a new club.”
“I was frustrated, not only for myself but for my team-mates, the fans and the club.I hope for a different season this year.”
“I’m feeling good,” “I need games. I played a couple at the end, and also with the U-21s, but I needed a new pre-season, and that’s what I’m getting now.”
And then Siem talked about the game in Tuesday night, when we were a but unlucky to go down 2-1 to Club Atlas at Miller Park in Milwaukee:
“I had a good 70 minutes against Club Atlas – the training sessions are hard and good.” “I’m improving. I’ll look to get 90 minutes in – in the next couple of weeks.”
“I think it was a good challenge for us,” “It was a difficult game, but you need that in pre-season.” “Unfortunately, we didn’t win. In the second half, we could have equalized, but we didn’t.”
“It was a good game and a good continuation of pre-season.” “First half we started well until the penalty, and they were getting a little on top. We had a difficult period.”
“Just before half time was a good moment to score, and we came out a little better.” “It was a nice stadium, and there were a lot of fans,”
“It was good to see so many people watching the game.” “It makes it nicer for us and makes the game more special.”
De Jong played well a year ago when he first arrived, and he obviously has class and that’s what we didn’t have a lot of last season.
His absence was one reason we had such an awful season, so we are hoping he and Rolando Aarons will be fit and remain uninjured throughout this coming season.
Rolando was another player whose season was cut very short by hamstring injuries, after he was outstanding in pre-season and he made an excellent 17 minute cameo appearances last Tuesday night.
Hopefully Newcastle can climb that league table next season and finish in the top eight.
That’s what we need.
Howay The Lads!!
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