Pardew Stands Accused As Newcastle Midfielder Ruled Out For Up To 4 Months
With Newcastle struggling for creativity, Alan Pardew took a massive gamble by playing Siem De Jong against Crystal Palace.
The manager admitting he played the Dutch midfielder even though he wasn’t match fit ‘…because he might have that one bit of quality’.
Even afterwards, Pardew asked fans not to judge the midfielder on this performance as it ‘wasn’t a true refection of him’.
Yesterday it emerged that Siem De Jong was now injured and [intlink id=”46934″ type=”post”]would be out for a couple of weeks[/intlink], missing the Southampton match.
However, the Mirror have now revealed that it is a groin injury which could keep De Jong out for up to four months. The club said to be waiting for the injury to calm down before the player can have extensive tests which will tell them exactly how bad it is.
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The injury is said to have happened in training this week but I can’t believe that throwing him into that Palace game when not fully fit can’t have helped.
Pardew kept him on the pitch until the 79th minute, which is strange for two reasons; De Jong had shown nothing to suggest he could influence the game, plus why keep him on so long when ran the risk of breaking down due to not being match fit?
In Pardew’s post-match comments he also said ‘We have got lots of midfield players and we have real strength in there’. So if that was the case why did he not replace De Jong with one of these other great options?
This is what Alan Pardew said after the Palace match;
“Siem – wasn’t a true reflection of him.
“He wasn’t fit in terms of match fit, we played him because he might have that one bit of quality.
“He had a couple of moments but we can work on him because he’ll be around us (not on international duty).
“We have got lots of midfield players and we have real strength in there.
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