Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is on loan for the season at PSV and depending on how he performs in the Eredivie this season will determine if he has any future at Newcastle under manager Rafa Benitez.
The 27 year-old has appeared 10 times for PSV this season and he scored the equalizing goal against his former club Ajax on Sunday, but that was tinged with another injury he picked up, which will see him on the sidelines for six weeks.
Siem de Jong – out for six weeks
Siem has suffered a groin tear and certainly since he joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £6M from Ajax, he has picked up one injury after another and it must be frustrating for the 6 times capped Dutch International.
When Rafa arrived in March Siem was fit, but then had trouble making it as a starter in the Newcastle first team.
The Eredivisie are on their winter break and don’t play again until mid-January when PSV will play against Excelsior and Siem is likely to miss that game.
But the good news is that he shouldn’t miss too many games.
On Sunday while playing against his former club Ajax, he was booed, but he said after the game he understood why:
“I fully understand the mixed reactions and booing from the Ajax supporters and I’m happy to have been of importance for PSV in scoring the equalizer.”
“I will always have respect for Ajax and the people here, that will always be the case, but now I have to show my value to PSV.”
Siem has said he would like to return to Newcastle, but only if we return to the Premier League, but we are starting to wonder if he has a future at Newcastle unless he can start to play really well for PSV for the rest of the season.
There is also a doubt about 28 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul who still hasn’t played for the Ajax first team this season, as he continues to recover from his very serious ACL injury.
As we reported earlier today there could be another clear-out of players by Rafa Benitez this summer.