Siem de Jong got a rare run out for the first team on Saturday against Stoke as he came on for the last 20 minutes of a game we should have won.
Newcastle created maybe six excellent chances to score, mostly in the second half, but we couldn´t score the one goal that was needed to get all 3 points and we had to settle for a draw.
But that´s the sixth league game out of eleven that we haven’t scored in and in ten of those games we have scored only six goals – if you take out the one game when we hammered Norwich 6-2.
Siem de Jong – 8 appearances this season and one goal
Our inability to score goals and some poor defending at times have cost us many points so far this season, but on the positive side the defense looked good on Saturday – but we are still 3rd bottom of the league with just 7 points from 11 games.
We are also creating the chances – just not converting them.
Siem de Jong has not had a good start to his Newcastle career and after his first season last term was ravaged by various injuries and sickness he cannot make the starting eleven this season – which is surprising to us.
Siem says he wants to play for the U21 side to get more match fit and he could be in action tonight.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“I got a few minutes against Stoke.” “Hopefully I can continue with this.” “I hope to play on Monday.” “I want to get some rhythm because I haven’t played for a while.”
“I want to keep my fitness up.” “So I want to play.” “We will see what happens.” “But I am ready to play in the U-21s.”
“We had the chances but there were some great saves from the keeper.” “We should have scored.” “But we played a good game, unfortunately we just couldn’t get the goal.” “That’s frustrating.”
“We were also unlucky when Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post.” “Sometimes it falls on the inside of the post and goes in.” “But it went straight back to the keeper.”
“Luckily they got the break.” “We know we now need to start scoring soon.”
Newcastle U21s play Aston Villa at St. James Park tonight with a 7:00 pm kick-off and we will probably see Siem start the game.
The Dutchman can score goals so hopefully he can get more playing time for the first team soon and slot in a goal or two for us.
We have to beat Bournemouth on Saturday in the early kick-off game, but nothing seem to be easy for Newcastle these days.