Steve McClaren has talked about Newcastle’s number 10 – Siem de Jong – who had his first season on Tyneside ravaged by some serious injuries, almost one after the other.
He had a badly torn thigh muscle he suffered last September, and then we had just about recovered from that, he suffered his second collapsed lung in 18 months.
Siem de Jong – playing at Gateshead
That was corrected by surgery and should not happen again, but the year he had out has made it difficult for Siem to recover his sharpness in pre-season, but it’s coming back slowly but surely.
And Siem didn’t make the starting eleven at Southampton, although he did come on as a substitute in the second half, but then he wasn’t taken to Swansea because he damaged a shin in training last week.
Steve McClaren has talked about Newcastle’s number 10 today:
“Because of the injuries he had last season, and the start, and the pre-season he’s had – he did terrifically well and hadn’t missed a day’s training before his latest setback.”
“He’s worked hard – I think Siem has found that year out catching up with him, shall we say.”
“He’s going to take a while getting to the right tempo and the right level, but we can see it every day, that he’s improving, getting better and he can see that, too.”
“But, yeah, at the present moment he’s fighting to get into the team.” “They all need to be patient.”
“Believe you me, the 1-11 I kind of ignore. I’ve always said that the most important people in a squad are the 11-18 and sometimes 18-23.”
“That’s because they are the ones, like against Southampton, who have got to come on and win you the game, or draw it, or make sure you secure the game.”
“Everybody is as important and everybody has to be patient – and everybody knows that in a tough Premier League, everybody will play games and everybody will play their part – Everybody.”
“Of course Siem can make a big difference.” “He can assist and he can score and that’s a big weapon to have, those two things.”
“He’s going to be a big asset for us.” “I remember when he came here, I remember thinking what a good signing that was.”
“He’s yet to light the place up, but that’s purely because of injuries.” “He’s just building up to get that chance.”
Siem de Jong is on his way back, and after the season Siem had to endure last season, it’s not all that surprising that Siem is taking longer than most in getting his sharpness back.
But it will return and that will be great for the Dutch International and also good for Newcastle when it happens – sooner rather than later hopefully.
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