Siem De Jong could be the man to revamp Newcastle’s attack

The former Ajax man has had his injury worries since moving to Tyneside but feels like a new signing for Steve McClaren’s men.

Newcastle slumped to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham last night, compounding Steve McClaren’s men to their fifth game of the new campaign without a win.

One of the most worrying things about the Tyneside club’s underwhelming start to the season is a severe lack of goals, with Newcastle now going four games without hitting the back of the net.

McClaren has work to do to get his team firing in the final third, with question marks over some of the personnel in the current first-team squad.

One unheralded man that could well have a significant role to play in Newcastle’s fortunes improving is Siem De Jong, who has become something of a forgotten man on Tyneside.

The 26-year-old has had serious injury concerns since swapping Ajax for St James’ Park and spent the vast majority of last season on the treatment table.

De Jong was introduced last night as Newcastle chased the game, but despite three substitute appearances this term to complement fleeting appearances last season, the Netherlands international has played under 200 minutes of Premier League action so far.

Back in his days with the Amsterdam club, the gifted attacking midfielder was one of the most consistent scorers and providers of goals in the Eredivisie and if he can get fit and firing again could be a top player for Newcastle.

With the verdict still out on compatriot Georginio Wijnaldum, McClaren needs to examine his options in the number ten role carefully if Newcastle are to snap out of their funk.

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