Siem de Jong has insisted that he still hopes to succeed at Newcastle United.
It has been a disastrous relationship so far between NUFC and the former Ajax midfielder, with the player starting only four league games and scoring one Premier League goal in the two years after signing in summer 2014.
Saturday night saw Siem de Jong score his first goal for loan club PSV, also his first in a league match since that Newcastle one 20 months ago in a 3-2 defeat by Swansea at St James Park.
It was injuries and lack of fitness & form that blighted those first two years and now he is spending a year on loan at PSV to try and kickstart his career once again.
Scoring last night’s winner against Go Ahead Eagles only four minutes after coming off the bench in the 64th minute, it helped PSV close to within three points of Feyenoord and Ajax who are joint top.
Asked about his longer-term future, Siem de Jong said that it would be ideal if Newcastle ‘are promoted first and then I return to play in the Premier League’.
A lot would need to happen before that ‘nice scenario’ became reality, with the Dutch international needing to step up his form in the second half of the season.
At least in terms of fitness he appears to be getting somewhere, after getting up to speed in training at PSV, Siem de Jong played a couple of times for ‘Young PSV’ who play in the Dutch second tier and has then appeared 10 times in all competitions for the Dutch club (first team) – starting six and off the bench in four games.
In that time he has only picked up one further injury – a calf problem that kept him on the sidelines for around three weeks.
Siem de Jong speaking to Fox Sports – as reported by Football-Oranje:
“I would definitely like to (still) succeed at Newcastle United.
“It would be a nice scenario that they are promoted first and then I return to play in the Premier League.”