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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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10 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Personally I’d play Arma tomorrow night in the #10. Its where he plays for Coventry and England. No choice but to keep Gayle up top as there are no options
    I’d go
    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Gamez
    Shelvey Diame
    Ritchie Arma Aarons

  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    He appeared 21 times last season? Wow. He’s that guy who would break a rib or pop an eye out if he sneezes. A real shame because I think with fitness he would have been a top player for us.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    De Jong is a goner. Shame because he has great quality, but theres only so long you can persist with a player that just can’t get on the pitch.
    Must admit I find the players rafa seems to like at Newcastle a little baffling.
    Never been a fan of Anita, Colback, Dummett or Perez but rafa seems to like them.
    Probably going to get ridiculed for this based on his limited Newcastle game time, but I saw a lot of Saivet in france. He’s got more ability than colback and Anita. And he works like an absolute dog, hard in the tackle, good attitude etc. His treatment at newcatle is so confusing to me.

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah but how many of those 27 games were 86th minute substitutions?

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Whoops, 21*

  • Mag52

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s funny isn’t it how players who, for whatever reason, haven’t played in the team for a few weeks, are seen by so many as the ones who will reverse our fortunes.
    Mitro is the latest one who will supposedly shoot us up the league once he returns.
    We need a proven scorer of whatever age to get us out of this division. Mitro, I fear, is not the answer, although he could be one for the future.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    @Mag52 – Think with Mitro, it’s possible under the right coaching and manager he could be a top striker. The potential is there. His goal return last year wasn’t awful considering we rarely got the ball into the box.
    With mitro, I could see him linking with Gayle well. Last season his link up play was great when other players made runs behind and got near him. Just didn’t happen enough times. Gayle for me reminds me of a defoe, or andy cole. Hes someone that doesn’t look strong enough to play up front alone.
    Doesn’t matter who we sign at the moment, Charlie Austin, Chris Martin etc… we’re not creating chances. Teams are sitting too deep and nullifying us. A way around that to push teams to defend higher is a big aerial centre forward. Mitro at 6″2 and 22 is only going to get better

  • Belfast

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Maybe Saviet has got one of those clauses after five games there’s a further payment due or some lark.

  • posada

    Aug 16, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    A No Hoper I’m afraid. Just like Saivet.

    Saviet. Look at his CV. An international and played over 10 games for France U21. Played in a top division.

    For him to come here and not offer anything is disgraceful.

    But, just like Rivierre and Thauvin.

    We were mugs.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10

    De Jong could get injured playing snap!


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