You cannot really blame Siem de Jong if he´s a bit disappointed at not being able to make the Newcastle first team and earlier this week he had spoken to a Dutch media outlet and he said if he couldn´t establish a first team place at Newcastle he could be moving back to Holland.
Steve McClaren seems to have reacted to those comments and has talked about Siem today in the local papers.
Siem de Jong – in action for Newcastle
Siem was a £6M signing from Ajax over a year ago but his first season was basically wiped out because of injury, so this is really his first season playing in England and it seems like he is still trying to sharpen up his game.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the six times capped Dutch International:
“We speak regularly. Siem’s one of those players who’s adjusting to the Premier League – he didn’t have that adjustment last year due to injury.”
“So he’s adjusting this year. He’s been a little bit unlucky. He’s a vital part of the squad, and he’s someone we think will eventually get in the team.”
“He’s an impact player. We want him to come on and win a game for us.” “He can keep possession. He’s that good a player. I think he’s suffering from being out for a year.”
“I think his attitude is fantastic. We don’t want to let him go anywhere. We see him as a big player.”
It was impressive that de Jong was willing to play last week for the Newcastle U21 side to get more match fit and the season is still young so there can still be lots of playing time for the Dutchman.
But it certainly didn’t help his cause when Newcastle signed Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer – since they are very similar players.
But Siem is also a top professional and a leader and his impact on the squad – even though he’s not playing regularly in the first team – has to be positive.
For Siem – patience is a virtue.