Steve McClaren reacts to reports claiming Siem de Jong could leave Newcastle

Steve McClaren

Siem de Jong has admitted that leaving Newcastle could be a possibility.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Steve McClaren has reacted to reports suggesting that Siem de Jong will look to leave St James’ Park soon if his playing situation does not improve.

McClaren said: “We speak regularly. He’s a vital part of the squad, and he’s someone we think will eventually get in the team. He’s an impact player. I think he’s suffering from having a year out. I think his attitude is fantastic. We don’t want to let him go anywhere. We see him as a big player.”

De Jong was quoted by the Chronicle earlier this week as confirming that returning to his homeland of the Netherlands was a real possibility if his situation at Newcastle did not change.

The Dutch playmaker has struggled for game time since moving to the Magpies last summer, playing just 13 games in almost one-and-a-half seasons.

He was struck down by consistent injuries last term, and kept relapsing whenever close to match fitness, but he has been rarely used by McClaren this term even though he is fit.

He has played just six of a potential 13 Premier League games, and has only been given starting appearances in the League Cup, and it is hard to see that changing.

McClaren does not appear keen on De Jong, and even in situations when Newcastle need a goal, he is always overlooked for other options.

Admittedly, De Jong has not had the greatest spell on Tyneside, and McClaren has admitted that he has no intentions of selling the playmaker any time soon.

He can only improve, and De Jong proved with Ajax that he is extremely talented, and McClaren should be starting to use him more and more in the first-team to let him show off his exceptional skills on a more regular basis.

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