As Newcastle United continues to fall apart in front of our very eyes, Siem de Jong has given an interview which tells us maybe nothing of substance on the surface, but possibly tells us exactly how bad things are at the club.
I think where the club is currently at, can be best summed up by two of the players, Siem de Jong and Fabricio Coloccini.
One of them is a player who is in his prime (age wise anyway) and who is always available to be interviewed, goes regularly on camera on behalf of the club to explain/defend the mess that the club has become, is very honest but at the same time diplomatic as he desperately tries to find the right words to use, willing to do all of this despite being totally ignored for the first team despite the team being rotten this season.
The other is Fabricio Coloccini.
Siem de Jong, unless he is absolutely knackered, must surely deserve a chance.
I would even play him ahead of Coloccini at centre-back if it was my choice, he couldn’t do any worse.
The chaos at the club is maybe also well summed up by the fact that Newcastle United think it is a good idea to do with this interview below and ask him the type of questions they do, despite the fact that he never is picked for the first team!
This was a filmed interview and meanwhile, as normal, the Captain is nowhere to be seen when it comes to media duties. Apart from ‘his’ quotes being sent out by the club’s PR department. It was the same at the weekend after the Palace shambles, no sign of Coloccini and whilst Paul Dummett was shocking on the pitch, he at least was man enough to go in front of the cameras to represent the team.
With Siem de Jong it is a double whammy because if he is good/fit enough to be in the first team (which must surely be the case when you see how bad the likes of Anita, Colback, Tiote, Sissoko and recently, dare I say it, Wijnaldum have been), then he is surely the most blindingly obvious choice to have as captain.
In these interview quotes below, he talks of trying to help the younger players as much as possible, despite his own personal battles, and I believe him.
He always comes across as a really genuine bloke and one of the few who does genuinely care about the shambles that surrounds him.
At Palace, the one chance that fell to him in the 20 minutes he was given, saw him expertly position his body to strike a difficult falling ball that was heading in but for a deflection and a Newcastle corner.
I’m not saying he is definitely the answer but must surely be worth a chance.
With nobody talking and/or helping their teammates, his presence and willingness to take responsibility means that as well as his own physical contribution he would also be trying to bolster the confidence and contribution of others.
With Fabricio Coloccini on the other hand, can it really get any worse?
He has been shocking himself but if anything, his attitude to the other players is shameful. How can he wear that armband and then when the younger players are so visibly struggling, Coloccini just throws his arms about and wanders back into position after the latest shocking goal to be conceded?
Anyway, these are some of the questions and answers from Siem de Jong’s very awkward interview with the official club tv channel on Tuesday:
‘Everybody was called in for extra training on Sunday – is there a general acceptance amongst everybody, players and staff, that they all need to work together to get through the current situation?’
“Yes, of course, everybody knows that we need to work hard to get out of this.
“We came in on Sunday to get a quick talk and recovery for the guys who didn’t play, to do a good session, so everybody was ready to train today and focus on the next game.
“Of course everybody knows it should be better and we are all ashamed and really disappointed about the (Palace) result.
“Heads dropped after the equaliser, it’s a difficult period and we need to stay in the game. We got the first goal and then 1-1, 2-1 and you could see…’not again’. We need to stay focused and not let these things happen again.”
‘At Ajax you won the Dutch title four times and were used to captaining a winning side, you have probably never experienced anything like this before…?’
“No….and then of course it is a difficult period for me as well because I am not playing as much as I hoped…so I’m in a difficult situation.
“I want to do my best and focus on myself to train hard and get in the team and on the other side you want to help the team as much as possible.
“I’m finding it difficult to get in the team…I maybe need to get my chance sometimes in the team and help them.”
‘Do you try to help pass on the benefit of your experience to younger players even though you are not playing regularly?’
“Yes, when we are here on the training ground and also when we do 11 v 11 and I’m in the team that doesn’t play (in the next match), I still try to pass on my experience to the guys on the other side, but sometimes it is difficult because you are focused on yourself.”
‘Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool next?’
“He has had a couple of good results and they will be in a little bit better spirits than we are, but we need to play our own game at home and try to give them a tough game – be the best we can.
“We have seen it in a couple of games but not in enough.”