Newcastle United are set to announce a new manager, with Alan Pardew set to exit St. James' Park soon.
With Alan Pardew set to leave Newcastle United, their new manager may choose to build the side around a player who has barely featured under their current regime.
Pardew is widely expected to depart St. James' Park to join Crystal Palace in the near future, with the lure of joining a club where he made his name as a player too much to resist.
Newcastle's lack of ambition in the transfer market is said to be one of the reasons why Pardew has opted to move elsewhere, but one of his summer signings could be a key player for the new manager.
De Jong made just three appearances at the start of the season before picking up an injury which has kept him out ever since.
The blow was a big one for Newcastle, as they have very few other options with his attributes available to them, but Pardew is not going to be able to utilise the Dutchman now he is close to returning to fitness.
It seems, instead, that the person who is appointed to takeover from the experienced Englishman will be the one to gain the most from De Jong's arrival at the club.
The elegant midfielder possesses a set of characteristics that are much different to anything else in Newcastle's squad and he has the quality to build a side around.
A competent passer, with an eye for goal, De Jong is a natural in possession and his skill should complement the energy of those around him.
Newcastle's team is currently well stocked with powerful, relentless runners, but they lack of architect in the centre of the pitch and their play can look unstructured as a result.
The 25-year-old's addition to the team is likely to bring a more controlled feel to their play, though, and their new manager will be delighted to have him at the centre of their team when he takes over.