Steve McClaren says that Siem de Jong isn’t going anywhere and he is a vital part of the squad, someone who will eventually get into the first team.
The Newcastle Head Coach was responding after de Jong did a double interview with Gini Wijnaldum for the Dutch media, with the former Ajax man saying he may consider a return to Holland if he doesn’t get a chance with Newcastle.
McClaren says that at the moment Siem de Jong is an ‘impact’ player – the Dutch midfielder having not started a Premier League game this season but having came on as a sub, six of the 11 times he has been on the bench.
Sadly, we have seen little ‘impact’ from de Jong, struggling to get involved in matches as he seems nowhere near the pace needed to compete. Newcastle have won none of the six Premier League matches when he has come on.
Steve McClaren says it is a matter of time and Siem de Jong is still adjusting, though many supporters are of the belief that Newcastle got the player relatively cheaply (around £7m) because a year of injuries and illness had left the midfielder below the level he had previously been at. With another year of injuries/illness at Newcastle meaning it looks most unlikely he will ever get back to the standard he was at, when at Ajax.
Obviously we all hope Siem de Jong manages to get back to the fitness needed in the Premier League but you have to say the word is definitely ‘hope’ and not expectation at this moment in time.
NOS speaking to Siem de Jong earlier this week:
Do you want to leave Newcastle?
“It’s a difficult situation. For me it is important to play matches. I will discuss in the coming period with the club which is best. If they think I am not going to play, I will have to look elsewhere, that will be a very difficult story.”
Asked about his brother Luuk’s failed attempts at playing abroad in Germany and at Newcastle, before moving back to Holland and success with PSV.
“It’s not the ideal example of a move abroad but it is an example of an ideal step back, to then take a step forward again. I’ve thought about it.”
“Who knows, I could play in the Netherlands. It’s not as though I didn’t enjoy my time in the Netherlands.”
“His attitude is fantastic and we don’t want to let him go anywhere.
“We speak regularly and Siem is one of those players who is adjusting to the Premier League – he didn’t have that adjustment last year, so he is adjusting this year and has been a little bit unlucky.
“He is a vital part of the squad and someone we think will eventually get in the team.
“At the moment he is an impact player and we want him to come on and win a game for us.
“He can keep possession, he is that good a player, that is a big part of his game but I think he is suffering from being a year out.”