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Siem de Jong nightmare return to Ajax

4 years ago

Fair to say that Siem de Jong moving to Newcastle United didn’t work out too well.

Bought for £8m to fill Yohan Cabaye’s boots, the three years on Newcastle’s books saw only four league starts in total and one Premier League goal.

Having been bought as a player who had had numerous injury problems in his final season at Ajax, things only got worse on that front on Tyneside.

However, even when back to fitness, Siem de Jong struggled to get games and when he did, he looked to be off the pace for English football. Newcastle fans speculated as to whether he would ever have had the necessary pace, or if injuries had made that impact.

It was still a bit of a shock when Rafa Benitez then decided the Dutch international wasn’t  a player who he felt could help Newcastle get out of the Championship.

Returning to Holland and a year loan with PSV, Siem de Jong managed to get back to fitness and playing fairly regularly, when selected. Starting 12 games and off the bench in another 11, scoring six goals in the process, as a rehabilitation season to get back towards playing regularly it had been a relatively successful year.

When pre-season training started last summer, de Jong said he wanted to convince Rafa Benitez he could do it in the Premier League. He didn’t (convince) and Rafa made clear he wasn’t in his plans.

On 28 August 2017, Ajax triumphantly announced (see below) that their former captain who had led them to much success in the past, was coming home.

The transfer fee was reported as anything between £1.8m and £4m and despite taking a drop on his Newcastle United Premier League wages, it was still claimed he had become the Dutch club’s top paid player.

Returning on a permanent deal to the slower pace of the Dutch league, at a club he knew so well, at the age of 28 when he should be at his peak, this looked a perfect move.

However, it has proved anything but.

The most positive thing you can say is that Siem de Jong has been available all season.

The attacking midfielder in the matchday squad pretty much from the day he returned home but only making four league starts all season.

He has made another 17 appearances off the bench and scored four league goals in total but with only 554 minutes of league football played all season, it has been anything but what he and Ajax hoped for.

With another two seasons left on his deal at Ajax, it will be interesting to see what the player does next.

A signing that looked so good for Newcastle back in summer 2014 but Siem de Jong still struggling four years later to get his career back on track.

Ajax Official Statement:

Siem de Jong returns to Ajax

Ajax has reached agreement with Siem de Jong and Newcastle United on the transfer from the player to Amsterdam. He signed a contract for three seasons in Amsterdam, until 30 June 2020.

De Jong was born on 28 January 1989 in Aigle, Switzerland.

The attacking midfielder also played at Ajax in the period 2005 to 2014.

He made his debut in the first team on the 26th of September 2007 during the KNVB Cup against Kozakken Boys.

Four times champion, the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruijff Scale

De Jong played 244 official matches in the first team of Ajax and scored 78 goals.

He won the KNVB Cup in 2010 with the club and won the league with Ajax four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2013 he also won the Johan Cruyff Shield.

For Newcastle United, De Jong played 21 games in which he scored once. Last season, he was loaned out to PSV.


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