Siem de Jong says he was fully expecting the boos when they came this weekend
It is 20 months since Siem de Jong scored his one and only league goal for Newcastle, that coming in April 2015 when United lost 3-2 at home to Swansea.
Now the on-loan midfielder has scored two league goals in a week for PSV and he didn’t even start either match.
Last weekend there were boos when Siem de Jong entered the pitch but this was widely misreported as being aimed at the Newcastle player.
However, the situation was that PSV were playing bottom club Go Ahead Eagles at home and with match at 0-0, on 64 minutes Phillip Cocu replaced six goal striker Gaston Pereiro with the Newcastle loan player and the fans showed their displeasure, jeering the decision.
It was the decision that was jeered, not Siem de Jong, the fans unhappy that a goalscoring striker was being replaced by a midfielder – of course four minutes later Siem de Jong scored the only goal of the game and gave PSV the win.
On Sunday however, it WAS Siem de Jong who was definitely booed.
Brought on in the 58th minute with PSV trailing 1-0, de Jong says that he ‘fully understands’ why he got the abuse.
Having been Ajax Captain and leading them to numerous trophies, returning with a big rival was never going to make him popular.
This was of course exasperated when Siem de Jong popped up with the equaliser 10 minutes from time.
Afterwards he reflected on his return to Ajax:
“This game was end to end, I think Ajax had more chances but we had a phase in the first half where we had two very good chances.
”Ajax scored a good goal in the second half but after that, we took the initiative and created good chances to score. It was a good match for the supporters that could have gone either way as both teams tried to find a winner.
”I fully understand the mixed reactions and booing from the Ajax supporters and I’m happy to have been of importance for PSV in scoring the equalizer.
”I will always have respect for Ajax and the people here, that will always be the case but now I have to show my value to PSV.”
The result was best of all for Feyenoord who now lead the Eredivisie with 42 points, Ajax next on 37 and PSV 34.
A crowd of 51,998 watched the game at the Amsterdam Arena but still no sign of of Tim Krul in first team action, even sitting on the bench.
Instead he remains on reserve team duty and he played his fifth game for Young Ajax 10 days ago, they defeated PSV reserves 1-0.
As for Siem de Jong, it remains to be seen if these goals as a bit of a supersub in the past week will make a difference after the winter break.
The bottom line is the only way he has any route back at Newcastle is starting matches in what is a poor Dutch league, though after last weekend he said he still remains hopeful…
“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.”
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