Steve McClaren is excited for Siem de Jong to get back up to speed with the Newcastle United first team.
He told the Chronicle that De Jong is progressing well but a big pre-season is catching up with him, and he is not rushing him into first team action, after an injury derailed first season at the club.
McClaren said that even a year ago, while he was still Derby County manager, Newcastle's signing of De Jong registered on his radar, and he recalls regarding it as an impressive piece of transfer business.
He said: "He can assist and he can score and that’s a big weapon to have, those two things.
“He’s going to be a big asset for us. I remember when he came here, I remember thinking what a good signing that was. He’s yet to light the place up, but that’s purely because of injuries. He’s just building up to get that chance.”
McClaren knows De Jong well from his own time in Holland as a manager, having seen him tear up the Eredivisie with Ajax.
De Jong scored 78 goals in 244 games, providing 44 assists for the Dutch giants, even captaining the club.
Sadly for Newcastle he has managed only six appearances to date, but if they can get him back to his best, then it really will be like having a new signing.