Siem De Jong has admitted to the Chronicle that he is in a difficult situation at Newcastle United.
The Dutch forward has found first team appearances hard to come by ever since he joined the club from Ajax back in 2014, and he says that his lack of game time is negatively affecting his form.
De Jong feels that he cannot show his true ability at St. James’ Park, as Steve McClaren hasn’t given him a run of matches to prove himself.
“It sucks, especially because I need the minutes to get into a rhythm and get used to the physical games in the Premier League,” De Jong said.
“It feels a bit like my first years at Ajax. Sometimes you play, then you come on as substitute or you are not part of the squad.
“There is also the feeling that you have to prove yourself.
“There is a new coach this season, not the one who bought me. There were also new signings.
“No, it isn’t the easiest situation.”
De Jong has made just 20 appearances for Newcastle since signing, and only seven of these displays have been starts.
While his first season was interrupted by injury, he has been fit this time around - but he has generally been overlooked.
De Jong did have a run of three starts recently, but he has dropped back down to the bench in Newcastle’s last three fixtures.
The 26-year-old appears to be behind Aleksandar Mitrovic, Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez in the pecking order on Tyneside, and his long term future seems to be in doubt due to his lack of appearances.