Newcastle United temporary manager John Carver has told the Shields Gazette that Siem de Jong's return to the team will be a huge boost.
The Magpies have been without De Jong for almost the entirety of the season so far, after the Dutch international picked up an injury, but he appears to be heading back to fitness.
And Carver's comments today will fill Newcastle supporters with optimism, as he has the ability to solve a major problem within the squad.
“He is one guy in this squad who’s an accomplished finisher,” Carver said to the Shields Gazette. “If he has one or two of those chances, he’ll put them away.”
Newcastle's profligacy in front of goal has been a frustrating feature of their play this season, with a lack of finishers in their current squad.
Papiss Cisse, whose fitness issues mean he cannot regularly start, and Ayoze Perez, have been the most clinical of Newcastle's players, but beyond that there is a lack of genuine goal threats.
If De Jong can start to capitalise on Newcastle's chances it will, therefore, be a major benefit to the side as they look to start climbing the table.
De Jong, who joined the Magpies from Ajax this summer, scored seven times in 25 matches in his final season in Holland and he will be looking to reach a respectable tally during the second half of this campaign to show fans of his new club exactly what he can do.