Siem de Jong is on the path to recovery having turned out for Newcastle’s Under-21’s.
“He’s a top player,” said Beardsley. “It’s a big bonus for John to have him back and hopefully available. I’ve always liked him, and you can tell he’s a proper footballer.”
De Jong completed 45 minutes of action for the Under-21’s in a 2-0 loss to Derby County on Wednesday evening, and his performance was proof of a player who had little football to his name this season.
With just three first-team appearances, all coming at the beginning of the campaign, de Jong’s debut campaign following his summer transfer from Ajax has not gone to plan.
He suffered a thigh injury in the opening weeks of the season which ruled him out until early 2015, and then, upon his return to reserve action, was hit by a collapsed lung which has resulted in his most recent lay-off.
Considering de Jong enjoyed four successful seasons in the Netherlands, including winning international recognition whilst with Ajax, it was expected that he would clinch a starting role in the Magpies line up instantly.
His creative play and goal threat would have been welcome additions to a Newcastle team currently faltering in the Premier League, and he may just be the catalyst that keeps them in the top flight, if he returns to competitive action in the next few weeks.