The presence of Siem de Jong back in Dutch football has created plenty of interest.
The former Ajax Captain scored a load of goals from midfield in the Eredivisie and in European competitions before moving to Newcastle in the summer of 2014.
With only four league starts for Newcastle in that period and now on a year’s loan at PSV, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether the midfielder will sign permanently for PSV, or another Dutch club.
Now at the Ajax AGM, Director of Football, Marc Overmars, was asked whether he thought they could bring back Siem De Jong on the cheap.
The basis for this being a perception that Ajax must have done Newcastle a big favour in taking on Tim Krul for a year’s loan despite the goalkeeper not being fit at the time and over three months after arriving in Amsterdam, still not having played a competitive match.
Voetbal Primeur reporting that Marc Overmars replied to the question:
“If Newcastle see me coming, I don’t think that they will be offering a discount for Siem de Jong.”
Tim Krul is seemingly on his way back to full fitness and set to play, recent days seeing him play his first friendly for Ajax.
However, on the other hand Siem de Jong is injured yet again.
The Newcastle midfielder looked to be building some momentum and fitness as he put together a series of games for PSV, even getting a shock recall to the Netherland national squad.
This culminated in playing the full Champions League match away at Bayern Munich a month ago, the Germans running out 4-1 winners and that run around appearing to also finish off Siem de Jong once again for some time. He has now missed the last five PSV matches with what is reported to be a calf injury, one of the few injuries that the on-loan player doesn’t appear to have had in recent seasons.
This is a massive season for both Newcastle United and so many of the players. As well as the 27 man first team squad Rafa currently has at his disposal, there are numerous players such as Krul, de Jong, Armstrong and others out on loan – with them having all to play for, for next season.