Luuk de Jong had a tough time of things when he was on loan at Newcastle last season and he played 12 times for us but didn’t manage to score a goal.
His brother Siem arrived last year and he had a tough season in his first year at the club because of injuries, but he is now fully fit but has played 9 times for us this season with one goal.
Siem de Jong – finding it tough at Newcastle
Both Siem de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum have been talking on a Dutch web-site and Siem volunteered that he will consider a return to Holland if he can’t win a regular place in the Newcastle first team.
This s what Siem has said on the Dutch website NOS:
“If things don’t go my way, a return to Holland is certainly an option. I have always loved life in my own country.”
“Luuk obviously didn’t set a great example. It crosses my mind at times to return to the Netherlands, but I will do my utmost and give my best to succeed here. And club officials have intimated they want me to stay.”
“I could very well have picked up those injury with Ajax as well but it’s very disappointing I was struck with injury woe at my new club.”
“We have a new manager and a new manager wants new players. I can only show my skills when I play.”
A year last January the plan was to bring both de Jong brothers to Newcastle, but with Luuk not doing well they passed on the younger brother but we paid out £6M for Siem on a six-year contract.
We still hope that Siem can come through and it reflects well on the 26 year-old that he is willing to play for the U21 side so he can get match practice and try to get as fit as possible.
Siem is a very good player and if does return to Holland we are sure he will do very well.
His brother Luuk joined PSV last year after his failure at Newcastle and he has 42 goals in 61 appearances including 15 goals in 16 appearances for PSV this season – that puts the reigning Dutch Champions in second place in the Eredivisie 2 points behind Ajax.
We’d love for Siem de Jong stay at Newcastle and become a (very) good player for us – but on the other hand if he cannot do that this season – it’s better for Siem to leave and maybe return to Holland to get his career back on track.
Gini Wijnamdum says he is willing to give up playing in the Champions League every season because the Premier League is such a high standard and he thinks he can become a much better player playing in England.