This Classy Player Could Become Key Under Benitez

Siem de Jong is a class player when in form and fully fit – and he was in the squad at Leicester City and saw some playing time in the second half.

That’s after he was hardly used by the previous head coach in the 28 games Steve McClaren was allowed to be in charge of Newcastle and during that period put the club in such a serious and almost fatal position in the league table.

But now we have a world-class manager at Newcastle in Rafa Benitez we expect Rafa will try to use Siem more and use his undoubted class to create and score some goals for us, which hopefully can save us this season.


Siem de Jong – in action against Liverpool

This is what Siem has said on the Newcastle web-site:

“Always when a new manager comes, things change, and a lot of times when a new manager comes in you see people, even in training, with a different sort of spirit,”

“Everybody knows who he is and where he’s worked. He’s worked at the top teams in the world, so for us it’s good to have a manager like that. Hopefully he can help us get the much needed points.”

“Everyone’s got to show themselves again, everyone’s got a new opportunity to prove themselves, so I think competition will go up in the team and it will only be good for the performances, hopefully.”

“The manager has his way how he wants to play, and I think it’s a good way. He really tries to put his mark on the team, even in three days prior to the Leicester game, and hopefully in the next few days he can do a little more and he can train more on the tactical parts that he wants to improve.”

“We need to show it on the pitch next week.”

“Hopefully I’ll get my minutes in the coming games and hopefully I can help the team as much as I can, and we need everybody to be ready,” he said. “A new manager brings new opportunities for everybody, so everybody will be willing to show what they can do so we’ll see next game what happens.”

“It’s the next game, so it’s the most important one. Of course it’s Sunderland and there’s going to be a lot of talk about it, but for us it’s the next important game. We’ve got nine games to go, so we’re focused on the next one and we need the points. It doesn’t matter who you’re up against.”

Those are good words from Siem, who in truth has been a real disappointment this season, hardly being able to get his place in the team at all.

McClaren didn’t even have him in the squad against Bournemouth – but then again he starts Manu Riviere – but it was noticeable that Benitez had the 27 year-old Dutchman him on the bench and played him in the second half.

And indeed Siem had an excellent chance to equalize for us late in the game.

Siem is a class player who has had injury problems,  but also confidence problems on Tyneside in the almost two years he’s been at Newcastle.

But we think Rafa can get the best out of the Dutch International and Siem could be one of the dark horses who may become a hero for us in the run-in.

Hope so.

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  • NUFCPaul

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1


    Will never forget us beating the scum at Roker Park all those years ago. One of our lads was hidden amongst the scum supporters (maybe couldn’t get an away ticket so bought a home one?) and when we scored the winner his emotions took him over and he screamed out ‘YESSSS!!!’ Poor fool. They swarmed on him (this was back when it was standing and not much seating) and the next time we saw him he was being carried past on a stretcher. His face was a bloody mess. Suffice to say, those of us wearing our colours under our coats had them zipped up to the top with our collars up. There’s nothing better than seeing a bunch of miserable Mackems walking home after a game though! Was only reminded of that with kimbo mentioning O’Brien in the last article. Can’t believe it was 24 years ago.

  • Malta Mag

    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    NUFC Paul.
    Was that the derby game Keegan took our unbeaten run to 10? I remember the small Bairn prior to kick off who came onto the pitch with an entourage of adults for some presentation or another and when he heard us singing, ran over on his own towards us with his Mother in hot pursuit. There was also the famous photo of O’Briens free kick with him turning away to celebrate and the whole Roker End still watching to see if the ball had found the net. I even missed my nieces christening to be there and always remind her of my loyalty. Great days


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