Siem De Jong Sold Champions League Dream By Newcastle
The signing of Siem De Jong is definitely a positive, but the circus that Newcastle United then surround it with, is something we can all do without.
Like any new signing we expect the usual stuff about what a great club they are joining, a positive career move, marvellous fans and so on.
However, predictably Newcastle have taken things to extremes after making their first credible signing in eighteen months, exposing Siem De Jong to ridicule by letting him come out with some laughable claims, based clearly on what he has been told by Alan Pardew and others at the football club.
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When De Jong talks about the new players helping Newcastle to make the jump into the top four, the idea of Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback being that calibre of player is ludicrous;
“Newcastle did have some difficulties in the second part of last season, but I hope we do better this season, and can aim for the fourth place and the Champions League.
“That is a goal here and it is a really tough one, as there are a lot of big clubs in England, but we will do our best to have a great season.
“The club’s told me about their plans, they want to sign other players and mix them in with existing players to build something really strong, that is the goal for the team and me also.
“We have got to aim high, even when we were playing in the Champions League at Ajax, getting out of the group stage was also tough, but you have to aim high.
“We are building up a good team with some new players, so it will be good to see all the pieces fit into place.”
Obviously there are factors that have attracted Siem De Jong to Newcastle United but the club’s dismal failure to invest and build on the 2012 fifth place finish, or the position the team got into by Boxing Day last season, must spell out to the new signing exactly what he is walking into.
Let’s hope Siem De Jong knows something we don’t because at the minute this squad will be a lot closer to the Championship than Champions League in ten months time, unless a major rebuilding job with real quality takes place in the next six weeks.
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