Siem de Jong explains why he wants to play for Newcastle U21 side today

The Newcastle United Under-21 side will take on their Aston Villa counterparts today.

Newcastle United attacker Siem de Jong has told The Chronicle that he wants to play for the club’s Under-21 side today.

The 26-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, has struggled to impress for the Magpies so far this season.

The Netherlands international, who missed most of the 2014-15 campaign due to fitness issues, has created just one chance in six Premier League appearances so far this term.

De Jong has said that he is hungry for more playing time and is ready to feature for the Newcastle Under-21 side against their Aston Villa counterparts at St. James' Park today.

“I got a few minutes against Stoke,” the Dutchman told The Chronicle. “Hopefully I can continue with this. I hope to play on Monday. I want to get some rhythm because I haven’t played for a while.

“I want to keep my fitness up. So I want to play. We will see what happens. But I am ready to play in the Under-21s.”

De Jong arrived at Newcastle in 2014 with a strong reputation, having established himself as one of the better players in the Eredivisie.

The former Ajax star has yet to convince the St. James’ Park faithful, and it is not a bad idea for him to play for the Under-21 side today.

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