Newcastle midfield star Siem de Jong says that his current situation at St James Park ‘sucks’.
The former Ajax Captain started the Liverpool, Spurs and Aston Villa matches where Newcastle were unbeaten and picked up seven points, but then had been left out of the next three games, all defeats.
Dropped after missing that ‘unmissable’ header against Aston Villa that would have made it 2-0 and game over, Siem de Jong has since only played 21 minutes – coming on as a sub at West Brom and Arsenal.
The Dutch international accepts that has to be patient and that the Villa chance was one he ‘had to make’ but says that being left out couldn’t have then happened at a worse time, as he felt he was adjusting to the Premier League and just needed more minutes on the pitch to properly get ‘into the rhythm’.
De Jong thinks that it all feels a bit like when he was a kid at Ajax, in and out of the team and constantly having to prove himself.
A bit of a conundrum as Siem de Jong didn’t play particularly well in his three starts but did link the play up decently at times and appeared to give leadership to those around him.
Siem de Jong speaking to Algemeen Dagblad in Holland:
“I have to be patient.
“I had a good chance to make it 2-0 (missed header v villa)…I had to make it.
“It sucks, especially because I needed the minutes to get into the rhythm and get used to the physical level of the Premier League.
“It feels a bit like my first years at Ajax. Sometimes play, then left out. The feeling that you have to prove yourself.
“This season there is a new coach (McClaren), not the one who brought me. There have been new signings. No, it’s not the easiest situation.”
Signing in summer 2014:
“ A huge disappointment (to be injured so soon after he arrived last season).
“You are just at a new club where you have to show what you can do. For the fans, the club. They have expectations. You did not come for nothing.”