Siem de Jong made a welcome goalscoring reappearance as a sub against Swansea but he has given a timely reminder that he isn’t in any fit state to start a match, unless you accept he may get through it but struggle.
The Dutch midfielder might have got through 90 minutes against Derby reserves on Tuesday but he hardly got a kick as Newcastle were thrashed 4-0, despite having what looked (on paper at least) a strong front three of Ferreyra, Armstrong and de Jong.
Siem de Jong
“I’ll try to help the team as much as I can but I don’t think if I’m 90 or 95% that I can help the team (starting a match).
“This is why I need to build up slowly to be ready for the minutes that I need to play, so f I play 90 minutes now, I wouldn’t help the team as much as I could if I waited just another week maybe.”
Getting 100% fit:
“It was just a shame my goal wasn’t enough in the game, the important thing is to get the points.
“We have to focus on that but I’ve a little bit of an agenda myself, which is to get 100% fit and help the team as much as I can.”
The dilemma surely is that there’s no way Siem de Jong will be 100% until the start of next season (if everything goes ok), the next 2 or 3 weeks aren’t going to make a massive difference.
However, if/when Leicester take the lead on Saturday then the pressure will mount on John Carver to throw on the one player who potentially has the quality to make a difference.
The ideal scenario where de Jong is concerned, is that United go a couple of goals up (don’t laugh) on Saturday and then he is maybe given 10 or 15 minutes at the end to help see the game out, then a little more against West Brom at St. James’ Park the following weekend.
However, that luxury looks a little unlikely at the minute and so if Siem de Jong is truly the real deal to help transform Newcastle next season isn’t a half decent team once again, the club need to be very careful with a player who has been ruled out with 7 different instances of injury in the last 20 months.
To be fair to John Carver, he hasn’t shown the same reckless nature as Alan Pardew, the former manager throwing in the lieks of Rolando Aarons and Papiss Cisse against medical advice and the players ending up being out even longer.
However, if the orders come from upstairs the Newcastle Head Coach will no doubt follow orders and chuck Siem de Jong into the fray, or indeed feel there is no other option himself considering the pressure he is under. Pressure which is clearly getting to John Carver as he oversees a disastrous run of only 2 wins in 16 and 7 defeats in a row.
Can Siem de Jong save the day, his head coach and the club, from teh spectre of relegation?