News today that the agent of Newcastle forward Siem de Jong, Louis Laros, has said that Siem wants to stay with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and would not be interested in a move to Turkish side Fenerbehce.
There was news on MOnday that the top Turkish side were interested in the Dutch International and that Newcastle would be asking £6.75M for a player we paid £6M to Ajax for only two years ago.
Siem de Jong in training last Friday
But Laros has said that in any case there has in fact been no contact with Fenerbahce.
Siem has had a nightmare time of it at Newcastle over the last couple of years.
His first year on Tyneside was a washout because of injuries and illness – some of them serious – like a collapsed lung.
And in the second year after only just avoiding relegation in 2015, we were relegated in May.
Things were much better last season on the fitness side of things for Siem, but he couldn’t nail down a starting place although he did make 17 appearances for Newcastle with one goal last term.
The 6 times capped Netherlands International would do well to work with Rafa Benitez, who can surely start to get the best out of Siem.
The 27 year-old after all is a skillful player who has shown at Ajax that he can score goals against top opposition.
Maybe it’s just a confidence thing, but it would be good if Siem can stay with us and help us get quickly promoted back to the Premier League next May.
Staying at Newcastle is what we want to hear from more of our better players – that they will commit to Newcastle for this coming season, rather than want to leave via the back-door just as soon as possible.
To be fair, there are only a few players who fit into that category at the club at the moment.
Siem is a good player and we are hoping he can still be (very) successful on Tyneside.
What do you think?