With Newcastle United in such a mess, sympathy has been in short supply for the likes of Siem de Jong.
Only yesterday Rolando Aarons was the target of sarcastic comments from Newcastle fans as it emerged he had picked up his latest injury in training.
Likewise Siem de Jong has become some kind of a joke figure amongst many supporters as he has only started one Premier League game in the 16 months he has been at St James Park.
When the team has only won one game in 11 and are stuck in the relegation zone, little wonder that fans aren’t keen on hearing reasons/excuses as to why certain players aren’t doing their bit to help.
Siem de Jong is in a strange middle ground, not officially injured but not deemed to be up to starting a Premier league match.
With his background of goalscoring, winning titles and playing in the Champions League, you can’t imagine that his ability is doubted.
So most of us assume that his illnesses and injuries have left him in such a fragile state that he is seen as not able to handle it in the Premier League.
It is easy to forget though just what a talent Siem de Jong is and what an asset he could be to the team if he could get back playing and show he is capable of handling it.
Gini Wijnaldum has been Newcastle’s best player this season so far and is top scorer with six, undoubtedly rated a success so far.
However, just look at the respective goalscoring stats from Holland to see just how de Jong measured up to Gini Wijnaldum.
Gini Wijnaldum averaging a goal every 2.66 matches, whilst Siem de Jong a goal every 2.13 games.
Gini Wijnaldum (PSV and Feyenoord):
Final six seasons in Holland
158 league starts and 59 goals
18 domestic cup starts and 7 goals
Total of 176 starts and 66 goals
Siem de Jong (Ajax):
Final five seasons in Holland
126 league starts and 54 goals
21 domestic cup starts and 15 goals
Total of 147 starts and 69 goals
Let’s hope we see them both on the pitch together in the near future, so much of the playmaking and creativity we are missing, could potentially be supplied by the kind of forgotten talents of Siem de Jong.
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