Siem de Jong could well be the jewel in the crown for Newcastle united.
This skilful player has the nuance required to unlock defences, the type of player we have not had since Yohan Cabaye.
He is a set-piece specialist, someone who can make dangerous free-kicks around the box actually troublesome for the opposition’s goalie. Similarly, we are in dire need of someone who has the ability to provide decent balls into the box. How many times have we seen the ball just lumped up to the box, hoping that Mike ‘The Huffelump’ Williamson will get his head on it, before then realising that he wouldn’t have a clue where the ball would go even if he did somehow actually get his head on the ball. He doesn’t exactly have a brilliant track record and yet we stick with it.
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With Siem, we will have someone who may still punt the ball to Mike, but at least that won’t be the only option we have. Siem will fill the void left by Yohan, he will be the new midfield general, and hopefully his ability to produce that slide rule pass to the likes of Perez (or even finish some himself) will hopefully make a huge difference to Newcastle in their remaining games this season.
Who knows, maybe he could have such an impact that we shoot up the table and finish in the top 6/7. Maybe even sneak some form of European football.
The league is so tight that any team going on a particularly good run can climb the table fast (as we did earlier in the season, except this time we wouldn’t be starting from 19th).
If we finish the season well, and move up the table to wherever, maybe that will make Mike Ashley realise that with a bit more investment, and with a decent manager, we could really have a decent team, who could potentially push for those Champions League places and for the cups.
However, as we all know, if we were to do well for the rest of the season, Mike would think ‘I’ll just stick with this lot and the manager/head coach then, they obviously can do it without the need to spend anymore…”
The feeling of utter despair amongst the Newcastle fans runs deep and throughout.
So go out there and make us smile again, for 90 minutes at least.