We are hoping that Siem de Jong can start to do a job for Newcastle this season, and start both scoring goals and making goals for the team.
He had a decent run-out in the second half on Saturday when he was brought on at half-time for the ineffectual and out-of-form Papiss Cisse.
And Siem is likely to get a start tomorrow night against Sheffield Wednesday in the 3rd round of the League Cup.
Siem de Jong against Northampton Town
Siem is an experienced player and in his interview today he has shown maturity as he speaks about what is happening at Newcastle right now – which is painful for Newcastle fans.
This is some of what the Dutchman has said:
“We want to win as much as everybody else.” “We shouldn’t get sucked in too much. We need to keep sticking together.”
“We’re only a couple of months together with this group and the new manager and coaching staff, and we need to figure out the way we need to play.”
“We’re in that process now, and we’re not getting the results we want.” “We got a good result at Man United away, but we’re not playing as we want to play. We know that.”
“We’re going to work hard together as a team.” “We said if we get a goal, anything can happen.” “In the second half, it could have gone the other way. We knew when we got the goal, we had to fight for it.”
“They were defending with a lot of players, and coming out on the counter-attack.” “With a little bit more luck, it could have been 2-2, especially with my chance with the header and the shot with which I couldn’t get the power in.
“I was disappointed with that.” “For me, it was difficult to get in the No 10 position and get on the ball.” “On the other side, you want to get in the box when the ball comes.”
“You want to be close to the striker. It’s difficult for me … you maybe don’t get as many touches as you want.”
“If I’d had a little bit more luck, I could have got a goal, but I didn’t get it.”
All we need in one of these game sis some luck – we could have done that at Old Trafford with that stoppage-time breakaway when it was 0-0 and we had a three on one break – but still couldn’t score.
Strange things happen in football and in life.
All Newcastle need now is some luck and some good maturity and leadership in the dressing room from players like Siem de Jong.
We need a win tomorrow night against the Owls to raise the confidence of our players.