Siem de Jong will look at return to Holland if Newcastle struggles continue

Siem de Jong
Siem de Jong

Newcastle United attacker Siem de Jong has admitted he will consider a return to Holland if he can't nail down a place at the Premier League club.

Injury-hit De Jong has barely featured for the Magpies since his £6million move from Ajax last year.

A combination of niggles and a collapsed lung have halted his progress, but even now that he is fully fit, the Dutchman has been left on the bench by Steve McClaren.

It has left him considering his future, but the 26-year-old says that he wants to do what his younger brother Luuk failed to do and succeed on Tyneside - and that the club have told him he's still in their plans.

Speaking to Dutch website NOS, he said: “If things don’t go my way, a return to Holland is certainly an option. I have always loved life in my own country.

“He (Luuk) obviously didn’t set a great example. It crosses my mind at times to return to the Netherlands, but I will do my utmost and give my best to succeed here. And club officials have intimated they want me to stay.”

De Jong signed a six-year deal in 2014 after his move from Ajax, and was named vice-captain by then manager Alan Pardew. However, he suffered a calf injury in pre-season, then after returning to the side he was ruled out for three months with a thigh strain, before his collapsed lung problem.

But now he has put his injuries behind him, De Jong is desperate to show McClaren what he can do.

He said: “I could very well have picked up those injury with Ajax as well but it's very disappointing I was struck with injury woe at my new club.

“We have a new manager and a new manager wants new players. I can only show my skills when I play.”