Siem de Jong has admitted to Newcastle United’s official site that Steve McClaren’s final team selection disappointed him.
McClaren’s last match in charge came against Bournemouth two weekends’ ago, and the former England boss omitted De Jong from Newcastle’s match day squad for that fixture.
The Dutch midfielder was recalled for Rafael Benitez’s first match at the helm, against Leicester City, yesterday evening though.
De Jong came on as a late substitute at the King Power Stadium, and he was pleased to be back involved, although he was unable to stop his side falling to a 1-0 defeat.
"Last week I was fit but I wasn't selected for the squad, so I was a bit disappointed but I needed to train for this week. I'm glad to be back on the pitch," De Jong said.
"I had a small chance at the end, and with a little bit of luck and you score a goal which will change your luck, but I'll keep on working hard.”
De Jong has been at Newcastle since 2014, but his time at St. James' Park so far has been blighted by injury.
The 27-year-old missed nearly the entirety of last campaign with injury, and he failed to break into the team when McClaren took charge.
De Jong made just four starts during McClaren’s time at the helm, with most of his appearances coming as a substitute.
The former Ajax man has been given hope by Benitez’s appointment, though, and he will be hoping to break into the team for the remainder of the campaign.