Newcastle United manager John Carver has told the Northern Echo he’s toying with the idea of handing Siem de Jong a role behind the scenes at the club.
The Newcastle attacker is currently out of action after surgery on a collapsed lung and with him unlikely to play again this season, Carver wants to try and get him involved.
“It won’t be necessarily a scouting role but my question would be can we use him around the place?” said Carver.
“I might ask him to come in and watch the Under-21s and give me a little bit of feedback on the Under-21s. Or the youth team or something like that.”
If it’s an idea that if formalised, makes perfect sense for the manager, the player and the club.
Carver deserves praise because he’s actively thinking about ways to get more out of a player who has spent a long spell in the treatment room.
Other managers might not have given this sort of idea any thought whatsoever but it speaks volumes for the way Carver actively thinks about what he’s trying to do at Newcastle.
For the player it makes sense because it keeps him involved and mentally makes him feel involved in what’s going on at the club.
It could inspire him to really take any role seriously and give something back for the way the club have stuck by him through a difficult period.
From the club’s point of view it makes sense because de Jong has plenty to give in terms of experience.
He’s a good person to use to give advice to the younger players at the club and also he’s someone they can in turn approach.
The challenge now for Carver and de Jong is to get something sorted out, the it’s a case of sitting back and reaping the rewards.