What´s Happened To This Top Newcastle Player?

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 West Ham

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?

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1

    That IS effectively four assists. Wow. On his day, this is an amazing player. Hope he makes it into a top 4 team: us.

    Pardew, my man, don’t read on Ed :),

    are you reading what our outcast HBA is doing? Did you see how fit he looks? It’s called motivation-inspiration.

    Imagine if we had him instead of Thauvin… although I hope the lad does well (in fact, both lads)

  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    And one small concern.

    Did you notice how reluctantly the rest of the players celebrated with the scorer? They barely made their way to him to congratulate him. Work on that, Mr. Black.

    PS. Maybe it’s because of the sheer number, it became kind of routine to score 🙂

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Cyrpus – Zzzzzzzzz sour grapes and rewriting history. Hatem had plenty of chances and showed he was unsuited to the EPL. He scored some magnificent goals but refused to play any part in being an actual team member. Have you forgotten he also could not get a game for Hull?

    Also the one thing Pards has done is shown he can motivate a side of players bringing Palace up to speed with only a few new faces, one of which, Cabaye, was an ex-player who was more than happy to go back and play for him.

    By all means have a whinge but lets try and stick to reality.

  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Is riviere back in training? Just wondering if under McLaren if him and marveaux may have a chance.

    Surely the likes of Williamson, gouffran and obertan can be booted out in Jan, in the latters case just release him early. Frees up space in the squad, especially as cabella appears to be returning.

  • hibbitt

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    hatem was never a prem player needed to much time to much space ok he’s doing the business in france but only against the poorer teams not the player he thinks he is or the player a lot on here think he is not a player for the prem even in a top 6 team he would not cut it overrated by a lot on here

  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    well well I come onto a blog and what do I see more talking going on about the man himself Pardew.

    1 jayphoto // Oct 20, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    2 NezzaNUFC // Oct 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    3 Bobbybee // Oct 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    4 cyprus // Oct 20, 2015 at 3:42 PM

  • JamesToon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #7

    R.E Centre back situation

    Peoples opinions on perhaps instead of going out and buying a new CB, try to develop Lascelles as Mbemba’s partner?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    I genuinely forgot all about Riverie !

  • JamesToon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Lascelles I think is a big unit so can deal with long balls better than colo, not bad playing out of defence and is quicker the colo, I know he had a bad season with forest and hasn’t exactly set the world alight in his first few starts with us, but maybe Cathro and McClaren can put a bit more emphasis on his development?

  • hibbitt

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    james the problem is we need a quality CB now and Lascelles needs time which we dont have

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Toonking , we waz a fret the other day 🙂

    ( Remind u of anyone ? ) 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Bloody King Percy – top motivator -NOT
    Palace 1 – 3 West Ham.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 20, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Moanster – goody goody – blog quiz – I’ll have a stab at your question if you don’t mind.
    Is the answer your hero King Percy -of I’m the King and I’ll eat your meal fame.

  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    you got me there. Apologies. He was so unsuited for the PL. Couldn’t possibly score goals like that in the PL.

    Anyway, won’t come back on this, let’s concentrate on what we got, shall we?

  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #15


    quite staggering really, myself yourself and mag 52 are getting told week in week out to shut up talking about any of the decent stuff he did and the fact he’s no worse than most Ashley managers yet nobody seems bothered about all the bad times.

    these anti Pardew bloggers must be extremely embarrassed with themselves now.

    our toon might as well tell them to spent most time over in the palace blog where his bad times can still be talked about across to the palace blog just as he told me to support palace.

    heavens knows how much Pardew talking will be done come palace game.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Toonking, they was a fret today .

  • croftus5678

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    aye cb and dm position is a must to look at imo.

    mbemba has been an inspiration but its no good if teams just pick the weak link in colo to exploit !

    2 dm’s is also a waste imo its either 1 or my preference of none and play with proper cm’s who can do everything.

    imo 5-3-2 would solve a lot defensively.

  • Mag52

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #18


    Try as you might Toonking, you’ll never stop the anti P@rdew mob from mentioning him.
    The way I see it is that it’s a bit like the guy who’s been jilted by his girl and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop thinking about her and the sudden way, without any warning, that she left him.
    They’re continually trying to convince themselves, and anyone else prepared to listen, that she was really no good for him and that it’s best that she has moved away to another town where she’s settled in and apparently is doing well, but the more they go on about her the more anyone can see that they’re not sure if they’ll find anyone like her again. It’s a sad little tale.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Today Ron Vlaar started training with AZ Alkmaar (his first club) after paying in Summer for his own reconstructive knee surgery after knocking back Aston Villa’s overtures and becoming a free agent.

    This is a guy who is 30 ,vastly experienced in English PL footy , and only 15 months ago was heart of the defense of a Dutch team that got to the quarter finals of the World Cup in Brazil.

    Got to be worth a punt methinks


  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Threats are nothing more than a few words, they don’t have magic power to get across the screen and due to such a huge amount of helpers in comparison to ourselves they’ll always believe in having the advantage but it’s probably just another thing they’re doing in an effort to no longer be reminded of how stupid they acted when fighting to get him out believing a decent manager would be appointed and we’d be high up in the table.

  • JamesToon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #21


    IMO we need 6 new quality and experienced signings to make us a top 8 side.

    From January-Summer 2016 (depending on how well we do)
    we need:
    1 x Centre half
    1 x Left back
    1 x Defensive midfielder
    1 x Central midfielder
    1 x Winger
    1 x Striker

    If there’s £100million left to be spent over the next 2 windows, it needs to be spent on quality, it needs to be spent with a message of ambition, the sort of calibre i think we should be looking at are:
    – Ryan Shawcross (£12-20million)
    – Neil Taylor (£6-15million)
    – Jonjo Shelvey (£15-23million)
    – Victor Wanyama (£14-22million)
    – Nathan Redmond ( £10-18million)
    – Callum Wilson (£10-16million)

    Might seem deluded, but i think if we can beat the mackems at the weekend then that will be our turning point and we could end up having a solid season, wishful thinking after 1 win against a newly promoted side i know.

  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    I shall leave it at that for now and get my poker night begun, maybe one day I might be a million air poker pro myself and buy the club.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    mag 52 you posted “the guy who’s been jilted by his girl “.
    Is the guy in your tawdry love story really you.
    I can just picture it now – boohooo boohooo I love you Percy please don’t go and leave me alone – you can eat my meal if you want to -boohooo booohooo.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24


    i think we’re embarrassed how you just can’t seem to get over the chancer. we praised him for 2 x 6 game runs he had 2 years apart when playing 433. why are you still harping on about what was mainly a very sad chapter in our history.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    mag 52

    i think you’ll find it’s the minority such as yourself who are the only people still holding a torch and can’t let him go. why, I can’t imagine. The way you lovingly talk about him i would suggest you are truly the girlfriend who can’t let go of unrequited love

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Cuantas XP puntas tienes en Duolingo ? Yo tengo cinco mil

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #27

    mag 52 – have you ever eaten eel pie and do you have any Chas n’ Dave records in your music collection.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s the Pardew out chants that’s put us in the position we are in today, so well done.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Monk out !

  • JamesToon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30


    Do you genuinely think that it was the protests against Pardew that made us sh**

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #31

    No, it’s the Pardew out chants that had the club come out and at least pretend they want to win something !

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    We have really replaced Pardew haven’t we.


  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Fans went on pardews back from day 1, a lot of fans didn’t want him in.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    @21 james

    thats fair enough bud we def have the same view on cb i see and redmond is a very good call as he’s been a class act for a few years and i’m supprised he’s at norwich (not that we are any better atm)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s difficult to know the problem is really when he’s not playing!

    A bit like when Pardew opted not to play Cabella and when Carver took over Cabella was one of the better players in a poor team!

    Mbiwa couldn’t get a game either, Marv was never given a chance, Benny got degraded, Santon was suddenly behind both Hairdryer and Dummett and Abeid was not ‘good enough’!

    Maybe the coaches we have are looking at more British attributes? I am not going to put this down to the nature of the PL seing as other clubs don’t have this problem !

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #36
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Just a few quotes from one of Pardews biggest fans here from the days when he was plaguing the blog with his pals, mag guvnor etc, just shows the little sh!t was on a wind up then and still is now a year and a half leter.

    welshgeordie9 // May 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    My version of what’s that coming over the hill by automatic

    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is it pardew is it pardew
    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is pardew is it pardew

    welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Is that what pardews says to Ashley when they are in the showers
    welshgeordie9 // Apr 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Why can’t we play good attacking football like Real Madrid

    Oh I forgot pardews in charge

  • Ravostag

    Oct 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #38

    De Jong can only get a spot on the bench due to the quality of our squad!! ha ha

  • mfw13

    Oct 21, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #39

    It’s called competition for places…and right now he’s the odd guy out. You’re no going to drop Gini, Perez, or Mitrovic for him, are you? And he can’t play the wing like Sissoko. Nor is he a defensive midfielder like Colback/Anita/Tiote.


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