Newcastle’s Siem de Jong opens up on his wait for a Premier League start

Siem de Jong
Siem de Jong

Siem de Jong’s looking to make up for lost time at Newcastle United – and help the club up the table.

The forward is yet to start a Premier League game this season.

But De Jong – who played for the Under-21s in their goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion yesterday – is fit and ready to help Steve McClaren’s side, beaten 3-0 by Leicester City at the weekend.

McClaren is contemplating changes for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

And de Jong, having patiently been waiting for an opportunity after overcoming last season’s injury problems, feels he can make a difference to Newcastle’s attack.

Asked if he was expecting a chance, the 26-year-old said: “I don’t know. I’ll just wait to get my chance.

I’m just waiting to get my chance. I hope it comes quickly, but it’s up to the manager.

Siem de Jong

“I’ll do my best in training and get as many minutes here and with the Under-21s as possible to stay fit.

“I’m just waiting to get my chance. I hope it comes quickly, but it’s up to the manager.

“I’m fit, but I haven’t played for a while. I’ve been fit all season. It’s not a question of being fit, it’s a question of getting a chance for a couple of games in a row.

“I think we had a couple of pretty good games which we didn’t get the results we deserved.

“We were a bit lucky against Bournemouth, but (Leicester) was a bad game. I’ll just wait to get my chance.”

Former Ajax captain De Jong speaks regularly to McClaren, who knows him well from his time in charge of Dutch club FC Twente.

“I speak to him a lot,” said de Jong. “He thinks I’ll get my chance, so I have to be ready for it.”

While McClaren sees de Jong – who captained Peter Beardsley’s Under-21s at Whitley Park – as an attacking player, the Holland international also feels he can do a job in midfield, where United were woeful against Leicester.

Newcastle could also be without midfielder Cheick Tiote – who limped off in the first half – for the Palace game.

De Jong said: “The manager sees me a little bit more as an offensive player.

“I could play a little bit more (further) back as well. It’s a little bit of a different opinion.

“I hope I get my chance whenever he thinks I’m ready for it.

“It’s tough being patient. It’s difficult. But I need to stay prepared.

“Sometimes it’s difficult, of course, but it happens in football. Everybody wants to play.”