Former Newcastle United star Mick Quinn has told the Chronicle he hopes Siem de Jong makes a subs bench for the club before the end of this month.
De Jong hasn’t made a first team appearance for the club for over five months because of an ankle problem but returned to action for the under-21 side against West Brom earlier this week.
“I was pleased to see him get another run out for the reserves this week, but it might be next season before we see him back to his very best,” wrote Quinn for the paper.
“If his body is up to it, I would hope to see him at least on the bench this month.”
The temptation for head coach John Carver could be to rush him back into the side as quickly as possible because he’s returned to some form of action.
However, the risk involved is that it could set him further back in his long term recovery.
There’s no doubt that he injects experience and quality in possession into the midfield and attack, but any hope of him returning to his best before the end of this season depends on how his manager handles him over the next week.
From de Jong’s point of view, he’s also got to be sensible over the way he goes about things in training and when he gets chances whether that’s in an under-21 game or coming off of the bench.
While Quinn predicts he may not be back to his best for a while, there’s no reason he can’t have a big impact off the bench in a big game if he recovers in a sensible way.