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He Can Become A Big Player For Us – McClaren

9:00 am, Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Siem de Jong

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    An impact player?

    Siem doesn’t want to be an impact player…no one of his ability wants to be an impact player at a club like Newcastle!

  • 2 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    In Steve we trust.

    If he sees Siem as a future big player for us , that’s good enough for me.

    Let’s not lose sight of the fact he is still only 26 years old.

    With the football brain he clearly has De Jong could be the missing link.

  • 3 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Ed said he has a positive impact on the squad NOT he’s an impact player , totally different (sighs)

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    I would have thought Siem was meant to our conductor…an advanced playmaker!

    He doesn’t really fit in to the way we play now…unless McClaren tweaks his 4-4-2 in the
    same manner Hougton did!

    I am just curious ad to why McClaren haven’t tried 4-3-3?

  • 5 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM


    Bigger Sigh!

    “He’s an impact player. We want him to come on and win a game for us.”

    Not difficult to understand mate.

    but just for you.


  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Jeff…third paragraph

  • 7 Santon03 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    since when we have blog police “ourtoon”?

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    firebug…I swear sometimes I think I have learned more English than Jeff. And English is suppose to be his native language!

  • 9 lesh // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    “We don’t want him [de Jong] to go anyway”?

    Any reasonable offer will be accepted though!

  • 10 lesh // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:23 AM


    * go anyway = go anywhere.

  • 11 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I know mate, It’s very frustrating at times, but you have to be patient when dealing with people who have a limited intelligence.

    The penny will drop for him after he gets his reply from google translate.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    An impact player?? Not sure about that, if anything he has looked like a player that needs to grow into a game here, not an impact one. Also,

    “He can keep possession. He’s that good a player.”

    Setting the bar pretty low. I’d like to think that if you made it to Premier league level you could keep possession, surely it is a pre-requisite, not something to demonstrate how good they are.

    For what its worth, I think he is a good player, whether he fits into how we are currently playing is a totally different question.

  • 13 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    is for Jesper

  • 14 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:28 AM


    To be fair I like him too, but he has not shown very much, as an impact player. He was pretty anonymous when he came on against Stoke for example.

  • 15 bladeuser // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    The only impact he has made is on the table he usually lies on
    Face it he is a dud will never b a first team player even though a Sunday league player would show more fight than this group of nomarks we have flog him back to ajax where we all know he wants to go and to hold his hand on the way back Anita will do
    ED OUT

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