Siem De Jong has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that he is finding things tough in Newcastle United’s first team.
De Jong was brought to the Magpies in the summer of 2014, but he is only just receiving his first run of starts at St. James’ Park.
The Dutch international has played from the off in Newcastle’s last three matches, and he admits that his transition has been a difficult one.
“Obviously it’s tough for me,” he said. “These are my first few games in the Premier League.
“I’d only started one game before this run and it’s still something I’m getting used to. I’m doing what I can to help the team.”
De Jong’s first season at Newcastle was hampered by injury, as he struggled to stay off the treatment table.
Steve McClaren then seemed to have reservations over utilising the former Ajax man, with most his appearances over the initial part of the season coming as a substitute.
The 26-year-old has largely impressed when given a starting role though, and Newcastle have managed to go unbeaten in the three games he has played from the off.
The next task for De Jong will be to start getting on the scoresheet, as he was guilty of missing a great chance to seal the three points for his side in their most recent fixture against Aston Villa, which finished as a 1-1 draw.