There’s a lot of news coming out of the local press today that Siem de Jong could maybe start on Monday night at Upton Park, after the 26 year-old Dutchman had such an injury ravaged season in his first year on Tyneside.
That would test the character of any player, so we’d just love for Siem to start showing his best form at Newcastle – as soon as possible.
Siem de Jong – ready to come out of the shadows
With 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic suspended for three games, the conventional wisdom is that Papiss Cisse would come in for the Serbian up front, but supposedly Steve McClaren is looking at both Siem and Ayoze Perez as possible replacements – maybe even both of them starting in London.
Siem has been speaking to the Dutch media and he had this to say:
“I lived last season in the shadows.” “Last season I was often alone. My team-mates worked hard but I had a very different schedule.”
Newcastle are again finding goals hard to come by this season, and while we scored twice in the first game at home to Southampton, in three subsequent games we’ve drawn blanks.
The really worrying thing is that Newcastle have had only 6 shots on target, and a total of only 17 shots in total – and those are not good stats.
So it’s a very good opportunity for Siem de Jong to show Newcastle fans what he can do.
The game on Monday night at West Ham is important, because if we lose that one that would be 2 points from our first five games, and just as bad as last season’s start.
We don’t want to see more protests like we had last season against first of all Alan Pardew – who is now doing great things at Crystal Palace – and then against owner Mike Ashley.
But Ashley did exactly what he said he would do in the summer, and we were surprised that we spent as much as £52.6M net- more than we expected.
That was second only to Manchester City in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren has asked a number of times since he joined Newcastle that everybody pull in the same direction for the team.
That seems to be a reasonable request – and we’ll be doing that – even though it could be another frustrating start to the season.
But we have four good players that we didn’t have last season, and Steve McClaren and his impressive coaching staff seem to know what they are doing.
So there’s reason to be hopeful this season, even if the start is not as good as we had hoped for.
Howay The Lads!!