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.

  • Leazes.

    Chronicle headline…’Good news for Newcastle United as unfit Islam Slimani could be ‘preserved’ by Algeria’ by Lee Ryder age 9 3/4.

    Well its not good news really…. as he hasn’t kicked a ball for United, its only good news if he turns out to be a premiership goal machine….which he isn’t… that’s why Leicester are off loading him…. well that and the constant injuries!

    Can’t they just write an article without spin and let people make their own mind up? an alternative headline should be ‘Slimani out of contention for Algeria’…. forget the good news bit forget the ‘positives’ ….don’t do it!

    • Rich Lawson

      Wouldn’t be the least surprised if he now stayed on in Algeria due to a ”family illness” or further injury in training.Do we have an extradition agreement with Algeria ?

    • Wor Lass

      I`m surprised you weren`t busting a gut to comment on this fascinating article about how two ex players are faring in Holland.

    • Wor Monga

      How come you feel the need to give us the bad word on the Toon stuff that the Chronicle is spewing out every morning…

      …haven’t you forgiven Ryder yet…for abandoning your mother, before you were born?!!!

  • Mike

    both crp not missed

  • ghostrider

    Two players that appear to be fragile for us for years on end suddenly become fixed and playing when they leave us.

    Something is very wrong with those players or our club in terms of this carry on.

    I refuse to believe a player like deJong can spend all that time out injured for many different reasons. He’s either been cursed after refusing to buy trinkets from an old lady or he’s raided the tomb of Talos (Jason and the argonauts 1960’s for anyone who doesn’t know).
    Or something more weird (can it get any more weird? lol)

    Too many players appear to be like that for us. Doumbia and that chucky lad, plus Aarons and Curtis Good to name a few on top of Vuckic and deJong….but deJong by far takes the ultimate biscuit.

    Siem de Jong makes Marcelino look like an ever present.

  • Tino o

    How’s obertan doing? I’m really interested