Why Siem de Jong failed at Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

Siem de Jong is set to return to Holland and join PSV on loan.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

Siem de Jong's disastrous time at Newcastle is set to end as he looks set to join PSV on loan, according to reports from Telegraaf in Holland.

The 27-year-old's career on Tyneside has never got going, and his black and white nightmare is on the brink of ending.

De Jong joined Newcastle in 2014 from Ajax, and it appeared as though he was the attacking midfielder that Alan Pardew had been craving.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in action with Newcastle's Siem De Jong

Despite arriving with promise, the Dutchman can only be branded as a failure. De Jong has spent two years at St James' Park, but through injuries and other players wanting the same role, Newcastle's number 10 has never nailed down a place in the starting XI.

De Jong arrived with a big reputation, albeit slightly dented by his younger brother Luuk's poor six month loan spell at the club, but his Newcastle career was immediately put on hold.

A thigh injury put him out of action until February, and he was then sidelined again after suffering a collapsed lung, which he had also encountered during his time at Ajax. It was April when de Jong returned to first team action, as Newcastle slid towards the relegation zone under John Carver.

Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez in action with Newcastle's Siem de Jong


The playmaker's first goal came as a substitute in a 3-2 defeat to Swansea, and Newcastle avoided the drop on the final day against West Ham, but de Jong was not involved.

After overcoming injury, de Jong's next obstacle came in the shape of Georginio Wijnaldum, who also had his eyes on the 'number 10' role. It was a role that Steve McClaren gave to his new signing Wijnaldum, and de Jong was left to sit on the bench. 

In what proved to be a key game at home to Aston Villa,  de Jong passed up a golden chance to score his first of the season and seal three points for Newcastle, but his header went wide and Villa went on to equalise and steal a point. 

De Jong had found his way back into the Newcastle team, but he was then hindered by yet another odd injury.

This time it was an eye issue that nearly blinded the injury-plagued star, after a finger to the eye in training put de Jong's sight at risk.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Newcastle United's Siem de Jong

Now with Rafael Benitez in charge, de Jong picked up another freak ailment, as he stretched for the ball and injured his hamstring in the process.

With that, de Jong's pre-season was over and he is now on the brink of joining his brother at PSV as he looks to restart a career that looked like it could possibly end on Tyneside.

De Jong will go down as a Newcastle failure and will always be remembered for his sometimes ridiculous, other times terrifying, injury record.

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