Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley raves about Siem de Jong's ability

Siem de Jong is finally returning from injury for Newcastle United.

Newcastle United great Peter Beardsley has told the Shields Gazette that Siem de Jong is a better player than he ever was.

Beardsley, who now works as a coach for Newcastle's development side, has seen de Jong in training and has been hugely impressed by the Dutchman.

Beardsley says that de Jong is of a 'different class' and admits that he wishes he had as much talent as the 26-year-old.

“I wish I was as good as him, as he’s different class," Beardsley enthused. “I love watching him. I love the way he trains and his understanding.

“If I was as good as he’s going to be, I’d be delighted. I think he’s different class"

De Jong has had a far from ideal start to life as a Newcastle player, with persistent injury problems blocking his chance of making an impact during his first season on Tyneside.

De Jong picked up an injury back in August and he has only just recovered - coming off the substitutes' bench in the club's last match against Swansea City.

He scored in that fixture and the hope is that he can stay off the treatment table and show his class between now and the end of the season.

Newcastle desperately need to improve and having de Jong in their team can only be a good thing, as they look to end their run of seven straight Premier League defeats. 

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