The problem with Siem de Jong is…there isn’t one.
I am a massive fan of Siem de Jong, always have been.
When we brought him to the club, I was ecstatic. I thought ‘here is a guy that can play, can lead, can drive us forward’.
So, on Sunday, when I saw his name on the team sheet for the starting 11, I was as happy as Larry. Not only had we been playing terribly, but this guy was just sitting on the bench wasting his pure talent.
Sunday was a great day for the fans. It once again showed what this team is capable of (which we also saw against Chelsea). I have read many match summaries and many people’s views on twitter etc. and Siem seems to be getting a mixed review.
“He’s too lightweight”
“He’s not match fit”
“Perez has to play before this guy, his touch was terrible”.
All I can say to these people is, you must be crazy.
To complain that Siem wasn’t match fit is just ridiculous. He isn’t match fit because he hasn’t been allowed to play, so let’s just put that one to bed.
To complain that he is too lightweight is just stupid. The guy was being fouled whenever he got on the ball and tried to do anything.
It was his lovely layoff to Gini which set up the chance for Papiss in this first half (for the love of Christ why didn’t he shift it back onto his right and shoot??). And during that lay-off, he was once again clattered into by the Liverpool defenders.
Siem de Jong played well, his touch was good and his passing too. He also held the ball up as well, providing lay-offs and cute passes.
I’m not trying to say that Siem was a match winner and the best performer on the day, not at all. But, it was evident right from the beginning what importance that guy has within the team.
It was Siem de Jong who was communicating with the team, pointing and shouting to others, keeping them in line with the ‘plan’ of Steve’s. He was the catalyst that kept everyone in line.
You could see and hear him throughout his time on the pitch, making sure people were doing their jobs, whilst doing his own. He was a great link between defence and attack, he was the key to giving Gini and Moussa a bit more freedom to play more of a natural game for themselves.
Siem needs to play as much as possible. Yes Perez is a great player and needs to be on the pitch, but Siem is the lynchpin to get the team going.
If Steve can work out a system which has Moussa, Gini, Perez and Siem all on the pitch and playing to the best of their abilities (with people like Colback and Anita playing as well as they did at the weekend), then the future doesn’t look as grey and insipid as it did the previous weekend.
Siem de Jong is the captain of the team, even without the armband.
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