Siem de Jong could establish himself as Newcastle’s most important player under Steve McClaren

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The Dutch midfielder is looking to establish himself at Newcastle.

De Jong move to Newcastle last summer, but his debut season was one of struggle rather than success.

As the Magpies last near the relegation zone for much of the campaign, de Jong was one the sidelines recovering from a number of injuries. The playmaker made just five appearances, and his precise passing and attacking vision was sorely missed by the club.

Having recovered to feature towards the end of the season, the 26-year-old is ready for the start of the new campaign, and following the appointment of Steve McClaren as head coach, de Jong is set to establish himself as a real part of the team.

He arrived with a big reputation, and McClaren could be the coach to help the Dutch international excel on Tyneside.

A technically gifted midfielder, it is likely de Jong would have struggled under John Carver last term, even if he was fit for selection. Whilst Carver opted to play a more direct style to find goals, McClaren will likely force his team into his preferred possession controlling system.

He showed at Derby that he likes to have his midfield controlling the ball, and of all the players in the Newcastle squad, de Jong is best suited to this style. Able to play in the centre of the midfield all the way up to the striking position, the Dutchman’s talent will be utilised to best effect.

Likely to be the main playmaker in the team, with a ball wining midfielder behind him, de Jong will be given the freedom and time to excel. Creating chances will be his prime role, and he has a precision and vision to his game which is natural to Dutch footballers.

De Jong would not have enjoyed his debut season in England, but following the appointment of McClaren - and the technical football he plays - the 2015/16 campaign could be one of real success for the former Ajax man.

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