Rafa Is Uncertain About This Dutchman’s Future

Siem de Jong has been at Newcastle for 26 months now and he’s only played 26 times for the team with two goals – not exactly a large number of games and the reason is that Siem has been injured most of the time.

In his first season on Tyneside he played 5 times with one goal due to a serious thigh injury and then he suffered a collapsed lung in February of last year.

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Siem de Jong – injured a lot since he arrived

Last season he did play 21 times with one goal, but he couldn’t really get into the side as a starter and this season he was injured in Ireland in pre-season training with a hamstring injury and he’s been out since the middle of July.

The 27 year-old may not have a future at Newcastle and it’s something Rafa Benitez must decide fairly quickly,  with PSV seemingly interested in taking him on a season long loan.

Asked if de Jong had a future at Newcastle this is what Rafa said:

“It depends. “I was talking with him on Friday. The first thing is to see if he can be fit.”  “I have no doubt about his quality.”

“He’s a player that can help a lot in some games because of his quality and experience.”

“But at the same time, he’s like some other players – we have a lot of players at the moment. “I want to be sure we have enough, but not too many.”

“I think he’s one week away.” “He’s running. He’s OK, but he still has to start with the team.”

“He’s running and doing some exercises with the ball, but it takes another week, maybe.”

If we were to take a guess we’d say that Siem will be allowed to leave either on loan or permanently before the end of August.

He’s like his brother Luuk and doesn’t seem to be cut out for the physical game in England.

As Rafa says he’s a good player but if he’s hardly ever available to play because of injuries he cannot make a big contribution to the team.

Other players likely to leave before September arrives include Cheick Tiote, Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi either permanently or on loan for the season.

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