Siem de Jong has said he is a 50 games a season player rather than an injury jinxed liability for Newcastle.
The Dutch midfielder was responding to those, journalists and fans, who have speculated that United were able to capture the former Ajax player because he was increasingly picking up injuries.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Siem de Jong says that this current season has been the biggest nightmare of his career and in the years to come he will prove his worth:
“A nightmare and the worst season of my life, ever. I haven’t been injured much for seven years, except for last season I played more than 50 games every season.
“You do read what people say on social media and see what people say, but it does not affect me too much. I have a long contract here, I have a few years to prove what I can do.”
Taking a chance:
“I took a chance back then (not having surgery when first had collapsed lung whilst at Ajax), you never know what is going to happen – for a lot of people it never recurs, so that was the chance.
“Now there is a 95% chance it will never happen to me again after this surgery.”
Perfect role at Newcastle?:
“I think it (playing number 10) is a really good position for me and I have seen a lot of games in England now.
“I have seen a lot of games where there is space in between the holes and I think…I could have made a big difference there!”
Hopefully next season we will get to see whether Siem de Jong can fill that big number 10 size hole in the Newcastle team.
Certainly it hasn’t done Remy Cabella any favours having tosingle-handedly trying to fill the creativity gap left by Yohan Cabaye and to a lesser extent, Hatem Ben Arfa.
As for Siem de Jong’s assertion that before last season he had been a 50 games a season playe – here are the number of competitive matches teh Dutch international has played each season since establishing himself as a first team player at Ajax.
The totals include all league, cup and European matches and comprise both starting eleven matches and those where he has come on a substitute;
Not quite 50 games a season (with one exception) but certainly 200 matches over his last five seasons at Ajax is a very decent record.
Last season he did still manage 28 appearances despite the injury problems, although many of them were from the bench on the numerous occasions when he was coming back from each subsequent injury/illness.
Moving forward of course is all that matters for Newcastle fans and let’s hope that Siem de Jon can stay fit AND have the impact on the team that is desperately needed if United are going to compete next season.
Whether or not Mike Ashley is going to allow spending of £60m….