It’s not surprising that Siem de Jong has been frustrated this season because of his lack of action in the first team – especially now he is fully fit.
But in surprise move last Sunday Steve McClaren made one change to the team which disgraced themselves at Crystal Palace and he dropped young Ayoze Perez for Siem – although with the injuries we picked up Steve didn’t have many options.
Siem de Jong – in action on Sunday
Steve has explained why he dropped Ayoze on Sunday and the 22 year-old was really unlucky to be left out of the starting line-up:
“Ayoze Perez is a fantastic player but sometimes form goes up and down. We have got good players.”
“I have got to say Siem de Jong has been very frustrated, but also very patient, and I think he deserved his opportunity after coming on against Crystal Palace.”
“We said we will just go for a bit of experience with Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse, and they worked well together.”
“It’s always a dilemma whether to change a winning team and I don’t like doing it, as you like to gain momentum, but Tottenham are a very different opponent and a different proposition.”
Siem did provide experience in the team and he worked quite well with Cisse up front, but maybe there will be fewer collapses if experienced players with leadership capability like Siem are in the starting line-up.
We have no worries at all about Ayoze – he’s a young top player coming through on Tyneside – and he will get plenty of playing time at Newcastle.
And any talk of him leaving in January has to be completely unfounded – even Newcastle are not that stupid.
But that’s still an assumption.
But Steve somehow has to use all the players available and we seem to have a couple who can play well in the withdrawn striker role.
There are other positions at the club that cause us a lot more worry – like in defense for example.
We expect Steve McClaren to start an unchanged team at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
What do you think?
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