Siem de Jong and his struggle for fitness
Siem de Jong says that he is feeling stronger every day and it is a case of ‘just getting games in’ as he tries to get back to full fitness.
The last two injury-strewn seasons have left the Dutch midfielder struggling to be 100% and last season he says that losing a lot of weight drained the energy out of him.
Despite saying that all he needs is more games to get fit, in actual fact only seven Newcastle players had more than de Jong’s 333 minutes of pitch-time in the pre season friendlies.
His memory is also playing tricks as in the quotes below he says it is a ‘long while since I have played a full game’, whereas de Jong actually played the full game against York City in the defeat only two weeks ago.
In an interview pre season, Siem de Jong admitted he was struggling to regain a burst of energy/a turn of speed and that has clearly continued to be the visible case for any watching supporters, in both the friendlies and even against Southampton despite only coming on for the last 10 minutes.
The former Ajax midfielder undoubtedly looks a quality player but I can’t see any way that Steve McClaren will risk him as a starter in a Premier League match, at least not until he begins to look far sharper than anything he has shown so far in the last couple of months.
The home cup-tie with Northampton could be perfectly timed the week after next, as it looks nailed on that McClaren will give the likes of de Jong and a few others their first start of the season.
Siem de Jong talking to the Chronicle:
“I feel strong and I just need to play games.
“It has been a long while since I have played a full game, it is just getting games in.”
“I have trained a lot, especially in the first half of last season when I had the injury and I came back stronger but got the other injury.
“That drained a lot of energy out of me, I lost a lot of weight, it was hard to recover and I think I did well. It was important to get a new pre season in and I’m getting stronger every day.”
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