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Rating Newcastle’s New Signing Depends On If He’s Bringing Company

6 years ago
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I noticed on here that once Siem De Jong’s signature for United was confirmed, it set off a major debate between Newcastle fans.

The two real extremes being on the one hand, some who used this signing to then claim that it proved everything was ok at the club, while at the other end of the spectrum others dismissed the signing as a player from a lower league who is likely to struggle to make it in the Premier League.

Is there more?

As usual, the truth I think is somewhere in the middle.

Siem De Jong is a talented player but it would be unrealistic to think he can have as much of an impact at a Premier League club as he has had in Holland.

However, the key to me is where De Jong ranks in the signings that are going to be made this summer by Newcastle.

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If he is THE star signing then I think we should be worrying. While the midfielder has ability he is no Yohan Cabaye, while they play different roles the fans are going to compare them until Newcastle sign a creative midfielder/playmaker to replace the French star.

De Jong basically plays as a second striker, or number ten as they say in new money, and will rely on the service he gets. It is absolutely vital that United go on and sign an absolute minimum of two, preferably three, players who can play up front and/or in midfield.

Newcastle relied way too far on only two players last season, Remy and Cabaye, to provide the goals and creativity. I don’t think De Jong is on their level but if he is one of four or five new mobile players with good technique, who also carry at least some kind of goal threat and creativity, then we could be in business.

On the other hand, if the season kicks off and Alan Pardew is trying to tell us that De Jong, Colback and Perez represent a great transfer window, then we have major problems.

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