Siem de Jong has given a frank admission over the state of his season with Newcastle.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Dutch international Siem de Jong has admitted that his debut season with Newcastle has been the ‘worst season ever’.
“It has been the worst season ever for me," he said. "The first one [injury] I had here was four months – it was more than I had in the previous seven years of my career. It has been really tough.
“It hasn’t always been easy to cope but I wanted to stay at the club. I didn’t want to go and train somewhere else by myself. I wanted to get to know the city, to start living here and really give myself a chance of settling in.
“It’s been different. It’s a different rhythm, you don’t feel part of the team as much as you’d like but I have got to know them.”
Signed from Eredivisie champions Ajax, de Jong arrived at St James’ Park off the back of four consecutive league titles, during which the attacking midfielder had established himself as a key part of Frank de Boer’s side.
However, his career with the Magpies has yet to properly start, as, after impressing in pre-season, he suffered a long-term thigh injury which kept him out of action until after the New Year. He had made just three appearances for the Toon first-team by that point.
After recovering from that injury, and turning out for the Under-21 side, de Jong then suffered a collapsed lung which is likely to stop him appearing until next season.
All in all, the six-capped international has made just three appearances in a debut season after being a key figure for many campaigns with Ajax.
It is no surprise that he feels his season has been the worst of his career, and Newcastle would surely have had a better campaign if de Jong was providing his attacking talents in the number 10 position.
However, the club will have to wait until next campaign to enjoy his abilities on a consistent basis, and de Jong will be hoping to have a natural recovery back to first-team football after a nightmare Premier League debut.