Late last night, news broke that Ajax had sold another club captain. This time round, it was Siem de Jong that was leaving the Eredivisie for the Premier League and joining Newcastle United writes Will Burns.
De Jong put pen to paper on a six-year deal and he will give the Magpies the creative attacking midfielder they have been longing for since the departure of Yohan Cabaye last January. He is the elder brother of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong, who spent a frustrating six months on loan at St. James Park during the second half of the last season.
– Although, De Jong represents the Dutch national team, he was actually born in Aigle, Switzerland on 28th January 1989.
– After moving to the Netherlands at the age of six, Siem joined local club DZC’68 in city of Doetinchem, before switching to De Graafschap.
– De Jong moved onto the famous Ajax youth set-up in 2005 and competed at every level until he made his first team debut in September 2007, as a substitute against Kozakken Boys in the KNVB Beker.
– After his debut, he went from strength to strength and made 244 appearances in all competitions over seven successful seasons, scoring 78 times.
– Was made club captain by manager Frank de Boer in the summer of 2012, and went on to lead Ajax to the Eredivisie title in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
– He has won four Eredivisie championships in four consecutive years from the 2010/11 campaign as well as lifting one KNVB Beker (2009/10) and one Johan Cruyff Schaal (2013/14).
– De Jong has represented Oranje at every level from under-17 to the senior side, making his full international debut in August 2010 in a friendly against Ukraine.
– As time of writing, Siem has six full caps with two goals. Both were scored in the same match – a 3-0 friendly victory over Indonesia in June 2013.
What will De Jong give to the Geordies…
The 25-year-old is a hard-working, skilful and intelligent footballer that could be a real hit with the Toon Army. Although due to his lack of strength and the pace of the Premier League, maybe not initially, even though I feel he will adapt quickly.
Once Jan Vertonghen packed his bags and left Amsterdam for dizzy heights of the Premier League to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax boss Frank de Boer handed De Jong the captain’s armband and his leadership skills shone through. He is very vocal on the pitch, directing and encouraging his team-mates as they reflect his tremendous work rate.
He is at home in the attacking midfielder role, but can also fit in as a striker with great composure in the box. In either role, De Jong can make defenders’ lives difficult with his positioning and awareness, finding space with ease, making himself available for the next pass. Once receiving the ball, he is comfortable technically and he has great vision with a varied range of accurate passing.
The Dutchman, wherever he is selected, is a real threat in front of goal and on the edge of the area. The power in his shots can trouble goalkeepers from great distance, which should get St. James Park on its feet. He really can be a game decider.
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