Siem de Jong discusses whether he can play with Georginio Wijnaldum

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Newcastle United can call upon both Wijnaldum and De Jong this season.

The Dutch midfielders are both impressive playmakers, and Siem de Jong has told the Chronicle that he has no problem lining up alongside Wijnaldum, rather than competing with the summer signing.

The playmaker said: “I am very happy with the arrival of Wijnaldum and see him not so much as a competitor. I can play with him. We can use all of our good players. We now have a strong team and I have faith in us having a good season.”

Despite De Jong holding this opinion, so far this season he has found himself behind Wijanldum in the pecking order for selection.

The summer signing from PSV has found himself named as the main number 10, and has impressed in his early appearances in English football.

De Jong’s best position is in that same number 10 role, and although he can also play deeper, or as a striker, his fine game is best shown in that playmaking position.

This means that he is either competing with Wijnaldum for that position, or Steve McClaren has to alter his system to accommodate them both.

The latter option seems to make the most sense, and it has been a surprise this season to see Wijnaldum play in the more attacking role, considering his best position is as a box-to-box player in the double-pivot of midfield.

If Wijnaldum was dropped deeper, he would still provide his great attacking threat, but from his more natural position, whilst McClaren would also be able to name De Jong - and the creative skills he brings - in his starting XI.

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