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Very different experiences for Siem de Jong and Haris Vuckic in Holland after Newcastle United

2 years ago
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Siem de Jong arrived at Newcastle in Summer 2014, as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.

An attacking midfielder who could make the team tick, with an excellent career at Ajax winning league titles and impressing in the Champions League.

He arrived after an injury plagued final season at Ajax and that continued at Newcastle United.

Siem de Jong was the player we were all waiting for, to get fully fit and a few matches under his belt, then he was the one who could make the difference.

In the end it never happened, only starting four league games in his three years on Newcastle’s books.

A returning hero when going back to Ajax last Summer, it was expected that the weaker league and slower pace would see his comfortably ease back into Dutch football.

A fee of between £2m and £4m depending on who you believed, the midfielder represented a major commitment when it came to wages, as they went some towards what Newcastle were paying him.

Sadly, it has been a bit of a disaster, turning 29 in January, the only real positive is that Siem de Jong has stayed fit.

However, the former Newcastle midfielder has only started four league games, named on the bench 20 times.

He has scored four league goals as a bit part player but a season of disappointment overall when he should be at his peak.

In contrast, Haris Vuckic has at last found a level where he has impressed.

Apart from when out with an injury, Vuckic has started whenever fit, only one game on the bench and 11 starts.

Scoring three times as an attacking midfielder, plus another goal in the cup, after being released by Newcastle it has been a big personal success.

The only downside has been that FC Twente are having a nightmare, with Haris Vuckic one of the few positives.

Fighting relegation and currently bottom, however there is already talk that if they do go down, a number of other Dutch clubs will be happy to take on Vuckic.

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