Former Newcastle United midfielder Siem De Jong bagged his first goal since securing a return to Ajax over the summer, scoring in their 4-1 win in the ‘De Klassieker’ derby away to bitter rivals Feyenoord yesterday.
Three years ago, the Dutchman signed a six-year deal at St James’ Park, joining as a title-winning captain and one of his Holland’s biggest stars. He was considered to be a real coup for the club, having bagged 78 goals from 244 appearances in the Eredivisie and I was delighted to have signed him at the time – but it really didn’t work out for him.
He was given a chance in the side over pre-season and reiterated his desire to make a success of himself on Tyneside, however the 28-year old secured a £4m move back to Ajax in the closing days of the summer window.
This was only his third substitute appearance since returning to Ajax, however he came on to score an all important goal, putting his side 3-1 up in the big derby in Feyenoord, helping last season’s runners up to a comprehensive 4-1 win over the reigning Eredivisie champions.
Here’s his well taken goal:
@siemdejong scoring his first goal since returning to Ajax in their 4-1 win in Feyenoord today! ⚽️??
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) October 22, 2017
Good to see Siem back on the pitch and doing what he does best in his homeland.
He’s a talented player and always seemed a good bloke, but his time with us was one big mess unfortunately. Relegation, injuries and some rotten luck saw him make just four starts for us.
Hopefully he can stay fit and continue to score goals for Ajax.
Good luck Siem!