In the lead up to the Bournemouth match, Steve McClaren has been asked about the prospects of Florian Thauvin and Siem de Jong.

In reply, the Newcastle boss said that ‘The most important people are sat on the bench ready to come on’.


We know what Steve McClaren is saying but it isn’t really convincing.

He hardly helps his argument and his attempt to build up Florian Thauvin, when he says that the winger ‘showed what he can do’ against Sunderland.

Not ideal coming on at 2-0 and a man down but after a couple of half-decent runs, Florian Thauvin then lost the ball and jogged back for a few seconds in a very half-hearted attempt to retrieve the situation, before Sunderland’s counter-attack ended with Fletcher making it 3-0. The goal starting with Thauvin losing the ball.

As for Siem de Jong, Steve McClaren says that he has been ‘very very unlucky’ not to be playing, which is all very well until you remember that it is McClaren who picks the team and decides on de Jong’s ‘luck’.

The Head Coach says ‘it was good we got’ Siem de Jong on against Stoke but once again, the Dutch midfielder completely failed to influence the game when he came on.

I think with the options that are on the bench, most of agree that easily the most ‘important people’ are the eleven that start the game. With Newcastle’s limited squad it is almost guaranteed that the team is weakened if any substitutions need to be made.

Steve McClaren:

“I think it was good we got him (Siem de jong) on last week (v Stoke), kind of going for the game and wanting to win the game. A change of formation , being a little bit more open.

“He is a player who can score and assist, for me he has been very very unlucky, not playing in our team.

“When he gets the opportunity…he wants to play and he has to be ready.”

McClaren on Florian Thauvin:

“He came on against Sunderland and showed what he can do, he is training well, as they all are, and that’s what you need.

“We always stress the most important people are sat on the bench ready to come on, and that’s what we want to see when they get an opportunity.”