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Newcastle Star Has No Thoughts Of Leaving Tyneside

2:32 pm, Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

26-year-old Siem de Jong is not yet up to speed after having an injury ravaged season in his first year on Tyneside, but as Steve McClaren has said, he is slowly but surely getting back to his top form, although he has been on the bench for all four league games so far this season.

However, the Dutch International did score when he started after being set up by a brilliant Florian Thauvin cross in the League Cup against Northampton Town last month.

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Siem de Jong – in action against Northampton

When Siem joined us last summer it was on a six year deal, so his contract runs out in 2020, when he will be 31 years old, but it seems his plans are to stay for the length of his contract on Tyneside.

This is what Siem has said today:

“I can certainly stay here for five years.”  “Tim Krul has been here for 10 years.” “But it does depend on many factors.”

“I am adventurous, even though I played with Ajax for seven years.” “I would certainly look at the end of my career towards Los Angeles or New York.”

” I’ve been a few times to the US. I travel a lot anyway.”

It’s interesting that he wants to come over to the states – with “soccer” here gaining some  popularity,  but still  not in the ten most popular sports in America, when you include college sports.

Here’s the sports page today for USA Today, and look across the top – you will not find “soccer” – it’s under more.

Siem played five times for us with one goal last season, and so far this season he has made three appearances with one goal, so he has 8 appearance so far with 2 goals for Newcastle.

We expect that to increase significantly this season, and when the 6 times capped Dutch International (2 goals) gets fully fit and sharp – we expect him to be pushing for a starting position in the Newcastle side.

Siem is a very good technical player with good leadership skills, and can do a good job for us this season – and over the next five years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League · Siem de Jong

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    The only first teamers away on International duty are Mbemba , Sissoko , Anita , Wijnaldum and Krul so that still gives McClaren 20 left .
    That means he’ll be able to play loads of practice games 10 v 10 .
    Loads of rehearsing for red cards 😎

  • 2 jayphoto // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    looking like most of our squad will get a nice rest of the summer when the euro’s are on… on one hand I’m gutted we won’t be seeing Gini etc but on the other hand its great for Newcastle!

  • 3 jayphoto // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Be gutted to see De Jong leave! Wouldn’t mind seeing him against west ham to be honest. Reckon out of our strikers he’d link up well with Perez. Looked like there were shades of an understanding in the couple games towards end of last season!
    De Jong at ajax was such a classy player! Its a long season, and with the amount of ground colback and gini and anita are covering it’s only going to be so long before they need to rotate on occasion! Think when de jong gets a run of games we’ll see him take that #10 spot with Gini slotting alongside anita/colback, sissoko on the right and thauvin on the left!

  • 4 beefman13 // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Wow, thats rich, the kid has barely kicked a ball for us, he owes us a few goals at least before he starts saying we can retain his services, bit of a cheek me thinks.

  • 5 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    that is SO gay

  • 6 Grumpy // Sep 9, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    “Newcastle star”!!!!!!!!

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