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Steve McClaren talks up Siem de Jong

6 years ago

Steve McClaren has talked up the talents of Siem de Jong ahead of the match at White Hart Lane.

The Newcastle Head Coach believes that the former Ajax player’s experience was vital in helping to deliver the 2-0 win over Liverpool.

On top of that, McClaren says that de Jong will get better and better the more that he plays.

Siem de Jong replaced Ayoze Perez in the team last weekend and whilst I wouldn’t discount the Spanish striker being recalled, it surely won’t be at de Jong’s expense after he also played a vital role in showing leadership to those around him.

However, United arguably face an even tougher task today against a team who McClaren thinks are nailed on to finish top four this season.

Despite that, the Newcastle boss says that if you get your own preparation and performance right, you can beat anybody.

Steve McClaren talking to Mick Lowes of BBC Radio Newcastle:

Mick Lowes – ‘Are we now seeing the real Siem de Jong or is it a work in progress?’

Steve McClaren:

“A work in progress, a lot more to come from Siem de Jong. I think one of the important things last week in the performance was the experience of the team, with Siem and Papiss in, our average age and experience went up and I think it showed – especially in the front two. That gave us a platform on which to build from.

“Siem de Jong – personally I’m so pleased for him, he has been so frustrated and had to wait. He will get fitter and fitter and he will get better and better, the more games he plays.”

Mick Lowes – ‘There doesn’t look a more athletic and powerful team than Tottenham?’

Steve McClaren:

“Yes, thanks mate!

“That is the Premier League and you have to match that – you have to match that intensity.

“They play high tempo and have players who can handle the ball, a team who will definitely finish top four.

“We have to have the confidence, belief, mentality to put a performance in. Get the preparation and the performance right and you have the chance to win any game.”


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