Siem de Jong is one of the class players Newcastle have signed over the last year, but last season was a nightmare for the Dutchman, in terms of injuries and he played only 5 times for the first team.
But he is now fit again and played the full 90 minutes against Northampton Town on Tuesday night, and scored the second goal – set up by new boy Florian Thauvin – to show he’s lost none of his class.
Siem de Jong –
Siem is not just a good player, but he is a leader both on and off the pitch, and we could have done with those qualities last season at the club.
Siem is keen to stay fit and not surprisingly wants to get more games for the club, and he has given a good interview today in the Shields Gazette:
“The year before with Ajax I had a few injuries, but last year I only played three or four games.” “Before that I played 50 games a season.”
“So it was a really strange year.” “You have to move on mentally, but especially after the second one, I had just got back and felt really strong, and then it happened again.”
“I was pretty down for the first couple of weeks but I had to get back and fit again.” “I thought after a while it would be for the next season so I was glad to be fit in pre-season and fit now.”
“I feel like a new signing a little bit.” “Maybe not in the group – that’s why I stayed here last year when I was injured, because I wanted to get to know the team and the club.”
“Most of the year when I was injured I was here, but of course on the pitch I have not played at St James’s Park a lot yet, so I hope to get some more games.”
“First of all, the injuries were disappointing for myself, then for the club, my team-mates and the people watching.”
“It is a new club and you hope to start off well.” “I think I started well in pre-season but then it ended almost straight after pre-season last year.”
“It was difficult but I couldn’t really help.” “Most of all I was disappointed for myself.” “It has been a while since I have played 90 minutes so it was good for me against Northampton.”
“I need the games.” “I want to get in as many games as possible to try and get my rhythm back again, and Northampton was a good start.”
The key for Siem this season is to keep fit, and in fact the key for the club is to keep our players fit after we were just ravaged by injuries last season.
Siem is very experienced and was captain at Ajax, so it’s unusual for him to be on the bench at the moment – but it does show the level of competition for places at Newcastle.
The 26 year-old Dutchman will be pushing to start at Newcastle in the next few weeks, so that has to be positive for the Newcastle team.
Siem can still do an excellent job for us this season – there’s no doubt about that.