Siem de Jong is the latest player to say that everybody needs to stay calm and stick together, then the results and performances will eventually come.
Obviously we all hope he is proved correct but using the excuse that everybody is just getting used to each other, becomes meaningless if the current form continues.
Siem de Jong’s reasoning also holding little water when you take into account that Newcastle have just been outplayed and beaten at home, by a promoted club with a new manager and 15 new players.
Only six of Watford’s team on Saturday started their final Championship game of last season, whilst only eight of the matchday 18 against Newcastle were on duty back in May when the Hornets were promoted.
The Dutch midfielder got his chance on Saturday after Papiss Cisse was hauled off at half-time, many fans thinking that Siem de Jong should have started the match.
However, de Jong had minimal affect on the match when he came on and the fans post-match player ratings reflected that, the former Ajax man looking as though he is still to rediscover match sharpness after a catalogue of injuries.
The Newcastle midfielder says that it is just a ‘matter of putting the pieces together’, so let’s hope Steve McClaren belatedly finds the jigsaw box and what the correct (team) picture should look like.
Siem de Jong:
“We want to win as much as everybody else, for the fans and for ourselves as well.
“We shouldn’t get sucked in too much, we need to keep sticking together.
Sometimes it takes a few weeks:
“Everyone believes we can do it and it is just a matter of putting the pieces together, at one point it is going to fit and we are going to get the results.
“It’s always difficult at the beginning of the season with a new manager and new players, sometimes it fits straight away and sometimes it takes a few weeks.”
We need to figure it out:
“We are only a couple of months together with this group, the new manager and coaching staff, we need to figure out the way we need to play and we are in that process now, but we are not getting the results we want.
“We got a good result at Manchester United but we are not playing as we want to play – we know that and we are going to work hard together as a team.”