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Siem de Jong admits to difference of opinion with Steve McClaren

5 years ago

Siem de Jong has started one Premier League match in his one and a half years at Newcastle and has been limited to 114 minutes under Steve McClaren.

The United Head Coach clearly not seeing enough in the two League Cup performances, to merit the former Ajax Captain getting into Newcastle’s struggling Premier League team.

Siem de Jong is predictably frustrated and says that he is fit enough to play now and it is only a case of getting his chance now.

The Dutch international is saying all the right things about continuing to train hard and being prepared but if he can’t get into this side after the shambles of Bournemouth and Leicester, then what will it take for McClaren to pick him?

The one thing that Siem de Jong has let slip, is that whilst the player sees himself as being able to play in a number of positions, Steve McClaren has told him that he only sees de Jong as an ‘offensive player’.

With Wijnaldum and Perez operating in the area of the pitch that McClaren sees as de Jong’s limited part of the pitch, it blocks his route into the team for the foreseeable future.

Siem de Jong though says that he can play further back in the team, clearly referring to the central midfield area.

This has been a massive weakness this season, with Colback, Anita, Tiote and Gouffran being somewhere between poor and woeful.

Yesterday, Yoan Gouffran played as a defensive midfielder for the reserves and the strong rumours/expectations are that he will go in alongside Vurnon Anita at Crystal Palace on Saturday, just as he did to disastrous effect at the Etihad as the pair stood by as Manchester City scored six goals in 20 minutes.

If both Anita and Gouffran are seen as better options by Steve McClaren than Siem de Jong, then surely he will have to seriously think that he is wasting his career at St James Park.

Siem de Jong:

“I don’t know (whether will be selected v Palace) I’ll just wait to get my chance.

“I will do my best in training and get as many minutes here and with the Under 21s as possible to stay fit. I am just waiting to get my chance. I hope it comes quickly, but it’s up to the manager.

“I am fit but I haven’t played for a while. I’ve been fit all season. It is not a question of being fit, it is a question of getting a chance for a couple of games in a row.

“I speak to him (Steve McClaren) a lot and he thinks I will get my chance, so I have to be ready for it.

“The manager sees me a little bit more as an offensive player but  I could play a little bit more back as well. It is a little bit of a different opinion.

“I hope I get my chance whenever he thinks I’m ready for it. It’s tough being patient, difficult, but I need to stay prepared.”


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