It was great to see Georginio Wijnaldum do so well on Sunday and he now had six goals for Newcastle and one assist in his nine games played so far in his Newcastle career.
That’s not a bad set of statistics for our new player who cost £14.5M from PSV and he’s the third most expensive player Newcastle United have ever signed – behind Michael Owen (£17M from Real Madrid in 2005) and Alan Shearer (£15M from Blackburn Rovers in 1996).
But the success of Gini puts some focus on another player on the books – Siem de Jong – who is also a very talented Dutch International but cannot get much playing time at Newcastle.
Siem de Jong – slow start to Newcastle career
Siem signed for us on 1st July 2014 on a six-year deal for a fee believed to be around £6M and the Dutch International was almost immediately named as a vice-captain by then manager Alan Pardew.
Siem was the former cpatain of Ajax and was given the number 10 shirt and it was expected he would play in the number 10 role, but his first season on Tyneside was a blowout because of a number of serious injuries he picked up.
Siem tore a thigh muscle in September of last eyar that kept him out for five months and when he was coming back he suffered a collapsed lung that was immediately operated on and we assume that will not happen again.
It was his second collapsed lung in just eighteen months.
Siem cannot get his game at the club at the moment and last season he played five games with one goal and he has played seven times this season with one goal – do that’s 12 appearances and a couple of goals.
Siem is much like Gini Wijnaldum in skills and he also seems to be able to score goals, so we would have expected Siem to be starting in the team by now, although Steve McClaren has said he’s going to bring Siem along quite slowly at the beginning of this season.
With Steve very knowledgable of Dutch players because of his time at FC Twente, so we are hoping he can bring the 26 year-old through on Tyneside.
Siem’s brother Luuk didn’t have a good time of it from January of last year when he was on loan to Newcastle but he didn’t do well and didn’t score in his 12 appearances.
We think the initial plan was to sign both brothers in the summer of last year, but Newcastle passed up on Luuk – who is back in the Dutch League playing well for PSV and back in the Dutch squad.
He has hit 36 goals for PSV in 56 games since signing on in the summer of last year.
But there’s a huge difference between the Dutch League and the Premier League and maybe it is the physical nature of the game in England that Siem is not taking to – much like his brother?
Siem is an excellent player and we hope he can still come through for the Magpies – and if he can – he can still help us big time this season and in future seasons.
That’s what we’re hoping for.
What do you think?