Siem de Jong has had a tough time of it after signing on from Ajax a year last summer and the 26 year-old spent last season out with a series of injuries, but now he is fit but cannot make the starting eleven at Newcastle.
With Cheick Tiote out injured for the game tomorrow at Crystal Palace, we could see the Dutchman get a rare start for the team, especially after the disastrous performance of the side against Leicester City last week.
Siem de Jong in action at West Ham
This is what Siem has said in the local press today:
“I never really played under Pardew.” “In pre-season I played under him but then I got injured. It was a bit of a strange situation.”
“I think Alan Pardew’s a good manager and I think we have a good manager now as well. But we need to be more consistent, we need to put up more of a fight for him.”
“I think we had a couple of performances that were pretty good. Against Sunderland, we played a good game until the red card.”
“The Bournemouth game wasn’t a good game, but we defended quite well in our own box. Before that there were a couple of games that we can build on.”
“Sometimes we haven’t shown what we can do, and that’s disappointing. We know it’s possible, but we need to show it every game. We need to be a consistent team.”
“It’s a matter of getting the shape right and getting the team right. I thought we were quite close a couple of weeks ago.”
“We had a good shape, we were defending quite well and we were dangerous in transition. I think we lost the ball against Leicester where we could have created something.”
“We were sloppy, especially on transition and that needs to improve.”
Last week we had no idea which team would turn up after a poor display at Bournemouth when we were really lucky to get a 1-0 win.
As it turned out the players were a bunch of wimps in that second half and we were hammered and disgraced 3-0 by Leicester – who we made look like world-beaters.
Tomorrow we expect our players to put in a good fight from the start but then if we go 1-0 down maybe they just give up again and we could end up losing again – such is the fragility of this team.
The best we can hope for is a good fighting display and a win, but not many of our fans expect a win.
Almost four in five fans think we will lose the game.