Siem de Jong has had a bad time of things since he arrived at Newcastle from Ajax for £6M in June of 2014 and he hasn’t played too many times for the first team.
In fact he has 25 total appearances with two goals for the Newcastle first team, but it looks like Rafa Benitez has quickly picked this player out as having the experience and skills that can make a difference for Newcastle in the final eight games of the season.
Siem de Jong – can be vital for Newcastle
Rafa talked to BBC Newcastle recently and Siem de Jong was brought up during the interview.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the six times capped Dutch International:
“For sure because he is a good player, he has quality and experience.”
“At this time, you need experience, you need people that can understand the game and they can play the game under pressure.”
“That is the most difficult thing, to play the game under pressure.” “Some players are good players but struggle under pressure, but he will be important for the rest of the season.”
“Siem de Jong knows what to do with the ball on the pitch.”
“He’s not scared to receive the ball and try to do things; it’s really important for the young players and for everyone, because you know that you can give the ball to him and he will try his best, but he will do it well.”
“Some people maybe they know how to take possession, but they are so anxious they will make mistakes.”
“So to manage the pressure is important now, and the people with experience and then playing well on the pitch is good.”
Rafa has brought Siem on during his first two games in charge of Newcastle in the second half as a substitute and the Dutchman has looked good.
So Siem could even get a few starts for us before the end of the season, maybe in that number 10 role that Rafa likes to use in his 4-2-3-1 formation.
And Siem can put the ball in the back of the net too.
It would be some story if Siem plays well and helps save us from relegation this season.
We need some players to step up to the plate and save us from relegation and then our future looks bright indeed.