It has been reported today in The Chronicle that Newcastle midfielder Siem De Jong will return to the club this summer, following his loan spell at PSV, and be given a chance to impress during pre-season.
The 28 year-old Dutchman signed for Newcastle on a six-year contract in the summer of 2014 however, almost 3 years on, the former Ajax captain has made just 22 appearances for The Magpies. Following countless injuries, rotten luck and the coming and going of several managers, Benitez sent De Jong out on loan following relegation last summer, allowing him a return to his homeland with PSV. During his second spell in Holland, he has notched 5 goals in 17 appearances for PSV, but perhaps more crucially, the move has allowed him the opportunity to gain valuable minutes under his belt in a bid to improve his match fitness and injury record.
It is also worth noting that De Jong has bagged 3 goals over the past week for PSV, following convincing 4-0 and 3-1 league wins for the dutch giants. It could be argued that the dutch no.10 had something to offer over Newcastle’s Championship campaign, especially given the patchy form of Ayoze Perez and Mohamed Diame, but time away to regain form and fitness may have done him the world of good.
De Jong has expressed his desire to return to Newcastle during his loan spell away from St.James’ Park and it seems Rafa Benitez is ready to hand him a second chance at the club over pre-season and a clean slate at the club.