Siem de Jong got a good round of applause when he was replaced by Ayoze Perez in the second half on Sunday as Newcastle were realizing they could win the game and they increased their attacking focus against the Reds.
Siem got the applause for his hard work and he was effective in the game – although he was often not up to the speed to the play – but that can be put right by giving the midfielder more playing time – he´s played precious few games since arriving on Tyneside.
Ayoze Perez got the applause because he is one of the most popular players at the club and he could become a really big star at Newcastle.
Siem de Jong in action on Sunday
Siem has rightly got some plaudits for Sunday´s performance not just because he worked hard but he continually helped other players with his experience and showed his leadership capabilities in the game.
And since Newcastle have been struggling so much in games – according to McClaren because of so many youngsters in the side – why we haven´t used Siem more is a bit of a mystery.
But after his performance on Sunday he should be able get a run-out in the side and we just hope he can keep fit.
Siem also talks a lot of sense today – and says he has talked often with Steve McClaren.
This is what he has said and talks about a number of aspects of Newcastle´s play:
“I have spoken to the manager a lot of times this season and said that the only way I can really improve and get used to the Premier League is through playing.”
“I got that chance at the weekend and gave it a good go, I need to step it up and improve my game and hopefully I’ll get the chance to do that.”
“Against Liverpool, you are not the ones that are on the ball all the time, they probably get the majority of possession and so we were trying to press them and break on them as well.”
“We have shown in a couple of games that we are pretty good on the break and on the counter but we know we have to improve on the ball.”
“When we are playing against teams who are not as good as Liverpool, sometimes we’re on the ball more but we don’t seem to have the confidence to make the game ourselves.”
“I think that’s what we need to improve but it is easier to make that improvement when you have some confidence from winning.”
“It all has to start with the kind of pressing and fighting we showed last weekend though, when you work that hard, you make your own luck.”
“Of course there has been pressure on every one of us, this win was a really important one, especially for the fans. We showed we really want to give our all to make it a good season.”
“We need to keep this intensity up and then we can improve our game – we shouldn’t drop any more.” “If we get a setback or something happens, we shouldn’t drop too much and we should continue fighting for a win or for a point.”
It seems that Steve McClaren has been worried about playing Siem and Gini Wijnaldum in the same side – maybe because they are so similar in the way they play.
But what we saw on Sunday is a bit of class from the two Dutchmen and they helped to make the difference for us.
Gini was Man of the Match, but when Siem gets sharper he can score a goal or two for us too.
Hopefully Steve McClaren will now have seen this – and to have the former captain of Ajax and the former captain of PSV – both captained their clubs to the Dutch Championship – should be a plus for Newcastle – not a problem.