Siem de Jong thinks he can reap the benefits from a year out on loan at PSV.
As he goes into his fourth year with Newcastle United the midfielder says his time at the club so far ‘Hasn’t been what I, or anybody else, expected’.
With only four league starts and one league goal in that time, he has had an injury-plagued time since arriving, then never quite looking up to the speed of football in the Premier League when getting rare chances when fit.
Describing it as a ‘good season’ on loan at PSV, Siem de Jong admits that physically he couldn’t have managed to play 40 games in a season, after his injury problems and lack of football in the previous two years.
The final total was 23 appearances for the Dutch side but this included only 10 starts in the league,an improvement on what had gone before but to then expect him to be anywhere near being able to do a job in the Premier League, fair to say you would have expected the former Ajax player to have had more of an impact.
However, both fans and player live in hope, with de Jong saying that the longer he stays fit, the more his confidence grows.
With a full pre-season this time, it must surely be his last chance at Newcastle, with Rafa Benitez likely to make a decision on Siem de Jong’s future based on how he looks in both training and pre-season friendlies.
Siem de Jong speaking to NUFC TV:
“After the last (Preston) game we talked, need to improve things. A few friendlies remain and so far has been a lot about fitness.
“From now on it is going to be more technical and aiming for better games and being ready for the season.
“I don’t think the Preston game was the best, we need to improve on that and everybody has to get their minutes in and the rhythm going.”
‘How’s pre-season gone for you?’
“It’s alright, I feel good. You want to score, even in pre-season, and the keeper saved twice (v Preston). I am happy as I’m creating chances and an assist in the first (Hearts) game, being involved up front.
“I need to improve and I am getting stronger every week, I feel good.”
‘You returned from a successful loan spell with PSV, you must have taken quite a lot from that?’
“Yeah, it’s been a good season. After the two seasons before, I don’t think I could have played 40 games straight away.
“I had a good run and they trained a lot, so it was good for me.
“I get more confident from being fit so far.
“It hasn’t been what I, or anybody else, expected (at Newcastle).
“I look at myself and I want to improve, I want to play games for Newcastle. That is why I came here and I hope this season will be different for me.”