Siem de Jong played more minutes than any other Newcastle player on Friday night.

The Dutch midfielder on the pitch for the first 75 minutes before Achraf Lazaar replaced him.

There were 22 players used in all and difficult to tell whether it was just a quirk that Siem de Jong ended up playing more than the other 21 players.

Other attacking players such as Gayle, Atsu, Aarons and Shelvey were all replaced at half-time, whilst Diame stayed on until the 62nd minute. One train of thought is that maybe Rafa Bentez wants to see as much of Siem de Jong as early as possible to then decide whether he can do a job in the Premier League.

Certainly his beautiful turn and through ball for Dwight Gayle to score the first goal after three minutes against Hearts wouldn’t look out of place in the top tier. However, Siem de Jong then didn’t really get involved enough after that moment and doubts naturally still persist whether he would get the time and space to produce it in the Premier League and of course whether he has the pace/movement to succeed.

With only four league starts for Newcastle since signing in 2014, last season’s loan at PSV was a relative success, staying relatively injury free and involved in 23 matches.

However, the fact PSV selected him to start only 10 games in the weak Dutch league and he was on the bench 15 times, doesn’t really suggest he is a likely starter for the Premier League.

Siem de Jong’s agent Louis Laros has been talking about the player’s future and he says that they don’t know what Rafa Benitez’ intentions are with the former Ajax player, though Laros says nothing has changed, in that de Jong is still desperate to succeed with Newcastle.

The agent says that he expects more signings to be made by Newcastle and seemingly indicating that which players arrive and in which positions, could be a major factor in what happens to the Dutch midfielder.

Laros says that this is the first proper chance Siem de Jong has had to try and impress the Newcastle manager and will try to seize the chance but at the same time he admits, that they continue to collect any expressions of interest from other clubs in case he does have to look elsewhere.

If it comes to that, Louis Laros admits that the level of wages de Jong is on at Newcastle will make it difficult to move, especially for the likes of Dutch clubs to afford him, as well as any transfer fee.

Rumours have circulated claiming the midfielder has been offered permanently to PSV but the player’s agent dismisses this as unfounded.

One of the more interesting Newcastle players to watch out for this summer, in terms of whether he can do enough to convince Rafa.

Louis Laros talking to Voetbal International:

“We do not know (what Rafa Benitez has planned for Siem de Jong), the preparation has just started and Siem has never made a secret of it his intention to still succeed at Newcastle,

“Newcastle have not bought a lot of new players (this summer), so I expect that there still will be some signings in the near future.

“Wait and see if there is the opportunity for Siem. He has never really worked under Benitez, so he must now try to take his chance.

“We obviously take account of that scenario (Siem de Jong needing to find a new club) and therefore continuously collect options.

“Those options (of moving elsewhere) are there now and Siem is regularly kept informed.

“But any transfer is not easy. You have to deal with his salary, the asking price and the prospect of another club.

“That (rumours of Siem de Jong offered to PSV) is absolute nonsense, I know nothing of that.”

  • GToon

    A real shame for the bloke cos on his day he is absolute class. Hopefully he’ll get lucky with injuries and play his part. He’s a very intelligent player and would do really well alongside Gayle with Shelvey pulling the strings. Good luck Siem!

  • TheFatController

    His agent obviously doesn’t read the posts on here if he thinks there’s likely to be further signings …..

    • Jezza

      His agent doesn’t know how Ashley operates if he thinks there’ll be more signings.

  • Paul Patterson

    He simply won’t play enough games. His record is awful and I’m not sure he will cope with the physical side of the Premier league..

  • Mxpx

    Siem de Jong if fit and healthy would be a great addition to our squad but sadly for us and siem I think it’s unlikely to happen but I would love to give him a chance

  • Steve Pearce

    I just hope he can stay fit – but unfortunately he just doesn’t seem to have the physical strength or constitution to stay free of injuries.

    • HarryHype59

      I still don’t know how he passed the medical. He has had major health issues for a 20 something bloke.

  • Wor Monga

    I don’t see Rafa being overly concerned about moving De Jong out even he gets the CM player that he wants…after all his injury problems he seems to be recovering steadily now…he has quality, and creative ability, and he wants to be successful for us…it’s unlikely that he will start many games, but there’s a lot of games and that means a lot of chances for a lot of players

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    My guess is if he retains fitness he`ll stay because the Fat Pig doesn`t want to spend more than the bare minimum
    how long Rafa will stay is anybody`s guess but it`s not looking good

    • Jezza

      I’ll be gobsmacked if Rafa is still NUFC manager by the teatime on 1st September.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        How’s about £10 on that one?

  • ToonNL

    Still holding out a sliver of hope for the guy.

    He is thought of very highly over here. Similar player to Sigurdsson and Klaassen and a real leader at his time at Ajax.

    He wont be a showboat nor will he be a powerful driving force, but he could provide a calm head a leading voice and a tactically astute presence in the center of the park which, lets be honest, we have been lacking for to long now.

    If he can get into the right places for Shelvey to feed him (instead of the static forwards we have been plagued with prior to Ritchie and Gayle), and he in turn has the spatial awareness to release our wingers and Gayle (SloMo and Perez have no doubt struggled to do this), Rafa will find an effective role for him doing a job which no one else at the club can do.

    Assuming he doesnt fall apart again…

    • ToonNL

      Also as an indication of his commitment to recovery: He’s an Amsterdammer and former captain and went on loan to Ajax’s bitter rivals, damaging his perception in Amsterdam significantly by doing so (The football fans here are like England in the 80s and 90s).

      Could have been easy for him to sit within Newcastle reserves and collect his paycheck, but instead he joined his childhood enemy to get his first significant run of games since we bought him.

      • HarryHype59

        He may look decent in the Dutch league, but looked unsuited to the demands of the EPL.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Major bonus if we get 20+ games out of him but it would seem unlikely.

  • HarryHype59

    He isn’t suited to the EPL. He should have been moved on, but his ridiculous wages mean NUFC are lumbered with him. He is another buy cheap buy twice signing.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      So his injury has had nothing to do with his stuttering start at NUFC? Why is he unsuited to the EPL? I’d say that he lacks pace but so do others yet do really well, Sigurdsson comes to mind.

      • HarryHype59

        Have you ever seen him play in a live match? I watched him against Sheff Wed in the league cup and against Villa at home. He looked too weak and too slow. He has hardly played for us as he was always injured. If he was suited to the EPL the club wouldn’t have loaned him out.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          I saw him play and score on his debut at Oldham, he was a class above. I take your point, subsequently he’s struggled but the injuries have been unlucky and a huge impact on him. Hopefully now, at 28 he has a chance to prove himself at his best.

          As for ridiculous wages, you can’t have it both ways, either you demand MA pays to get players in or you moan that he pays too much. Buying a player is a risk, they get injured etc. We took a risk with him, we knew he was class but he got injured, we did the same with HBA and he was a crowd favorite.

          Is De Jong’s contract high in terms of international midfielder s in the premier league.

          • HarryHype59

            He may have looked a class above against Oldham but he looked too slow and weak against higher level teams. Mind you none of us have screen him play much for NUFC, as he is a perma crock. It would be nice to be proved wrong, but I can’t see it.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The point being, before his injury, he looked good. Personally, I hope he’s fit and strong now for both nufc’s sake and the player who must be very frustrated. You seem not to want him to do well.

          • HarryHype59

            He looked good against Oldham..nuff said.