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Newcastle’s Siem de Jong – The forgotten man of Dutch football

He is the forgotten man in Dutch football and hasn’t even been mentioned when people discuss the future of Oranje. Siem de Jong was once thought to be one of the best players coming through in the Eredivisie, but a move to Newcastle United has sent his career backwards significantly. Before the move, he was Ajax captain and he was certainly an option to captain the national side in the future. The move to England was meant to enhance his Oranje hopes and give him the platform to become a big name across Europe. However, his two years at the club have only brought four league starts, while he has featured as a substitute a further 18 times tells Jake Jackman.

Newcastle signed De Jong to play the number ten role, behind Papiss Cisse and provide the creative spark that the club had missed since selling Yohan Cabaye. Many thought he would do well at the club, as he is a great passer of the ball, and has an intelligence in the final third that can’t be trained. The former Ajax man isn’t afraid of the physical side of the game, and should have been able to adapt to the style of the English game. He started well, and had a good start to pre-season before disaster struck.

The Dutchman injured his calf during the pre-season of 2014 and was perhaps rushed back by Alan Pardew, who had planned to build around De Jong.  That proved a huge error as he suffered a thigh injury during a match against Crystal Palace. The attacker hasn’t had much luck with injuries and these have prevented him from getting a regular place in the Newcastle first team. Another collapsed lung and a freak eye injury have also kept him out of action. He has certainly had more than his fair share of bad luck during his spell in England.

Last season, there were hopes that De Jong would be able to play a big role for Newcastle under Steve McClaren, a man who knew him well from his time as FC Twente manager. The club opted to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV, and this is when alarm bells started to ring for De Jong. His compatriot wasn’t signed as a back-up considering the fee paid for him and his best position was the number ten role, the same as De Jong. McClaren said often that the two could play in the same side, but that never looked likely. De Jong looked to have broken into the first team starting in the wins against Liverpool and Tottenham. His leadership appeared to help the side in terms of game management, and it isn’t surprising they gave two of their best performances of the season with De Jong on the pitch. However, he quickly resorted to playing a squad role.

His club are going through a resurgence under Rafael Benitez and it is unknown whether De Jong will be a part of his plans this season in the Championship. It isn’t the level that he will want to be playing at, but it would give him the opportunity to increase his confidence and gain a first team place at a club hoping to be back in the Premier League next season. There will be players that benefit from the relegation and emerge as key players in the second tier, who wouldn’t have been as involved if they had remained in the Premier League. De Jong can certainly be one of those, as he has the talent and leadership required to secure a starting berth at Newcastle.

This year is hugely important for De Jong. At the age of 27, he still has time to have a good career and his national team prospects aren’t entirely gone. A link to Fenerbahce is interesting, and could appeal to De Jong, who has already said he isn’t ready to return to Holland, although he isn’t ruling it out. His younger brother, Luuk, also had a disappointing time at Newcastle, but opted to join PSV and rebuild his reputation. Two championships later and an Oranje recall later and his decision appears inspired. He could learn a lot from his younger sibling and the Eredivisie could be the best destination for him. He could yet stay at Newcastle, and there is no doubting his leadership qualities could be an asset. The side lacked it last year and played better when the Dutchman was on the pitch. His future is unclear, but he needs to make the right decision. He has had two years out of the limelight, he can’t afford a third.


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What can Newcastle fans expect from Siem de Jong?

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.

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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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In a 33 man squad, RVP & Huntelaar return for France clash


Oranje coach Louis van Gaal has named a huge 33-man provisional squad for the Netherlands’ friendly match with France on March 5th in Paris. The friendly with France is the first of four warm-up games for the Dutch ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Dutch captain Robin van Persie returns after having missed his country’s last two friendlies through injury.

Also recalled is Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has only recently made his comeback after a knee injury. The 30-year-old striker had spent five months on the sidelines but has scored two goals in four league appearances for the Bundesliga side since returning to action after the winter break.

Van Gaal has also announced six players to his squad who could win their first cap including dangerous winger Jean-Paul Boëtius, who has been in great form over the past few months for Feyenoord and could receive his first cap in Paris. Other possible debutants in the squad include PSV pair Karim Rekik and goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, FC Twente’s Quincy Promes, Vitesse’s Davy Pröpper and Ajax’s Davy Klaassen.


GOALKEEPERS: Jasper CILLESSEN (Ajax), Tim KRUL (Newcastle United), Maarten STEKELENBURG (Fulham), Kenneth VERMEER (Ajax), Michel VORM (Swansea City), Jeroen ZOET (PSV).

DEFENDERS: Daley BLIND (Ajax), Jeffrey BRUMA (PSV), Stefan DE VRIJ (Feyenoord), Bruno MARTINS INDI (Feyenoord), Daryl JANMAAT (Feyenoord), Karim REKIK (PSV), Gregory VAN DER WIEL (Paris Saint-Germain), Joel VELTMAN (Ajax), Paul VERHAEGH (FC Augsburg), Ron VLAAR (Aston Villa).

MIDFIELDERS: Jordy CLASIE (Feyenoord), Nigel DE JONG (AC Milan), Siem DE JONG (Ajax), Leroy FER (Norwich City), Davy KLAASSEN (Ajax), Davy PROPPER (Vitesse), Stijn SCHAARS (PSV), Wesley SNEIJDER (Galatasaray), Kevin STROOTMAN (AS Roma).

FORWARDS: Jean-Paul BOETIUS (Feyenoord), Memphis DEPAY (PSV), Klaas-Jan HUNTELAAR (Schalke), Dirk KUYT (Fenerbahçe), Luciano NARSINGH (PSV), Quincy PROMES (FC Twente), Arjen ROBBEN (Bayern Munich), Robin VAN PERSIE (Manchester United).


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FRIENDLY: Dutch struggle to defeat Indonesia


NETHERLANDS 3 (de Jong 57, 67, Robben 90)

The Oranje began their tour of Asia with a 3-0 win over Indonesia in a packed stadium in Jakarta.

It was a lethargic start for Louis van Gaal’s side whom picked their game up in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory with Siem de Jong bagging two of the goals.

The Dutch almost got off to a perfect start in their first attack but Wesley Sneijder was deemed offside after finding the net.

Having survived that initial scare, the hard-working Indonesia settled in nicely. They kept the dangerous Dutch attack out from creating opportunities. The hosts’ goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga, kept Holland at bay with every first-half chance that was generated got handled with relative ease.

Jeremain Lens suffered an early injury and was replaced

The Dutch were hampered with the injury of PSV’s Jeremain Lens. The wide striker picked up a knock and was replaced by Arjen Robben after just 14 minutes. He is a doubt for the next friendly against China.

Van Gaal modified the team at half-time which included the exit of Van Persie, which seemed to spark the favourites and in turn, his team finally grabbed the lead just before the hour.

In the 57th minute a De Jong header from the goal after some excellent work from Feyenoord’s Ruben Schaken. The winger did well to track down a loose ball and delivered a pinpoint cross, which de Jong directed back across goal and Meiga was unable to stop it. This was the Ajax man’s first international goal for Oranje.

De Jong grabbed his second goal ten minutes later finishing a lovely move by the Dutch. The impressive Robben sent it a curling cross and Schaken flicked onto De Jong to head home again.

Robben added a third in the final minute before injury time to make the scoreline look a lot like the display that was except from the Netherlands. That being said, apart from the Lens injury, the Oranje will be happy to take their victory onto China for the next leg of the Asian tour.



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NEWS: The future of De Jong?

Siem de Jong (left) may not be returning to win a fourth title with Ajax next season

Yesterday, Siem de Jong won the third consecutive champion with Ajax but the question is whether the club captain will be in Amsterdam next season when Frank de Boer’s side attempt to win the fourth title in a row.

“I decide this summer exactly what I’ll do next,” said De Jong speaking to Eredivisie Live on Sunday afternoon after the win against Willem II. “If a club attracts me and I will leave here with a very good feeling about it.”

For now, no club has contacted Ajax in regards to a transfer for the midfielder, but it is known that he hopes to make the step into a different league with a new challenge. The three-time title winner spoke earlier in the season with a preference of a move to a Germany. However, he states he will not just say ‘yes’ to any offer from the Bundesliga.

“The Bundesliga really appeals to me, but it depends mainly on what club is coming for me. I will choose a club what is right for me, rather than the competition but first let’s see if there is a club interested in me.”



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