Siem De Jong has told the Shields Gazette that he is finding things difficult at Newcastle United.
De Jong has still not made a Premier League start this season, although he has received a handful of substitute appearances more recently.
The Dutch international came off the bench during Newcastle’s 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, and he is now desperate for regular action.
“I’m finding it difficult to get in the team,” he admitted. “I maybe need to get my chance sometimes in the team and help them.”
De Jong was brought to Newcastle in the summer of 2014, and his time at St. James’ Park has been highly frustrating so far.
The 26-year-old missed most of last season with injury, and Steve McClaren has clearly had reservations over using the midfielder this term.
De Jong has constantly been overlooked by the former England boss, but he has not swerved taking responsibility for the side’s poor start to the season.
“Of course, everybody knows it should be better, and we are all ashamed and really disappointed about the result,” he said.
“Heads dropped after the equaliser. It’s a difficult period, and we need to stay in the game. We need to stay focused and not let these things happen again.”
If Newcastle’s poor form continues, then De Jong’s chance will surely come as McClaren searches for a winning formula.
Newcastle are currently positioned in the relegation zone, with their next match coming against an in-form Liverpool side.