What Will Rafa Do With This Underperforming Star Player?

Turkish outlet Haberturk are reporting today that Turkish giants Fenerbahce have made an enquiry for Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong, who has been on Tyneside now for two years since he was signed from Ajax, but has so far failed to make an impact.

The Turkish side are said to be looking for a replacement for 31 year-old attacking midfielder Diego Ribas, with the Brazilian International very likely to leave the club this summer.

The report in Haberturk is that Rafa Benitez has asked for £6.75M for the Dutchman, which is slightly more than the £6M we paid for him.

siem de jong training

Siem de Jong – in training

That may be an indication that Rafa wants to keep him on Tyneside and try to get the best out of him in the coming season.

Siem still has four years remaining on the six year deal he signed two years ago and it looks like Rafa is in no hurry to unload his Dutch star, who has lots of class and skill.

There was some nufcTV video over the weekend of Rafa talking to Siem de Jong and we don’t know whether Siem is happy to play in the Championship this season.

Teh 27 year-old did make some noises over the summer about wanting to go out on loan this season to get some first team playing time.

Fenerbahce could offer Champions League football to the six times capped Dutch International, but it really all depends on whether Rafa thinks he can start to get the best out of Siem.

Siem de Jong had a terrible first season on Tyneside because of a string of serious injuries, but se seems to be over that now.

In the two seasons he ‘s been at Newcastle he has appeared only 26 times for Newcastle with 2 goals and an assist.

It may be a good time for Siem to get some games for Newcastle in the less skillful Championship, but it’s also more physical too – and that may be difficult for the slightly build Dutchman?

But Siem has leadership skills and the best outcome would be for him to stay on Tyneside next season and that Rafa starts to bring the best out of Siem, who is a very experienced player.

What do you think?

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