Siem do Jong did not have a good game against Aston Villa last Saturday and he missed a golden opportunity to score in the second half when we were ahead 1-0 and if that had happened we would have in all likelihood won that game.
But it didn’t and Siem missed a sitter at the far post after Wijnaldum had brilliantly set him up – but to Siem’s credit as a mature footballer and leader – he fessed up after the game that he really should have scored and that he wasn’t happy he had missed the chance.
Siem de Jong – during the Aston Villa game
But we still think he will start on Saturday against Everton and is likely to pair up with Aleksandar Mitrovic, who will come in for the injured Papiss Cisse – out with a groin injury he picked up against Villa.
It’s tough on young Ayoze Perez, but the 22 year-old can come on in the second half of the game and who knows – he could get the winner for us again.
Steve McClaren seems willing to be patient with Siem:
“I know Siem well from his Ajax days,” “He was their best player but they were obviously a different team and I think the year out hasn’t helped him. I think he’s coming back slowly.”
“He’s had to wait a long time and he’s been frustrated.” “At Ajax he played in a team that dominated the ball and dominated possession.”
“He was the focal point of that but here it’s a little different. We don’t really dominate possession – we’re more of a transition or counterattacking team.”
“I think Siem’s experience over the last couple of games has helped us,” “His fitness has improved and his running stats prove that – but he knows he needs a goal.”
“We’ve got to stick with it but de Jong has still got to perform. You still have to do the job and the job is you have to score and get assists, and you also have to run.”
“We know Siem can score and get assists, and we know he’s smart and clever.”
It’s certainly worth being patient with the 26 year-old Dutch International, because we know he’s a very good player when he’s on his game and he can still do well on Tyneside.
He hasn’t shown top form at Newcastle yet, but we are still hoping that as he gets the playing time and sharpens up his game after being out a year with injury – he can still be a success at Newcastle.