- Siem De Jong
De Jong’s career at St. James’ Park has gone just about as well as his brother’s did. Devastated by injuries, De Jong has endured a torrid time on Tyneside. The Newcastle number 10 came to St. James’ Park heralded as the midfielder to provide the much needed creativity missing from the side since the departure of Yohan Cabaye.
Despite obvious grace and elegance on the ball with an impressive footballing intelligence, De Jong lacks the pace, energy and intensity to really cope with English football. He has at times looked like a class act but it just has not worked for the former Ajax captain and a move away from St. James’ would probably benefit the Dutchman as much as it would Newcastle to get him off the wage bill.
Benitez doesn’t seem to rate De Jong either for exactly the reasons highlighted above. Rafa chose to employ Sissoko in the number 10 role, utilising his power and intensity to push the midfield forward. De Jong simply can’t do that and relies on his quick feet and first time passing to move the ball on. De Jong could be a very effective player in other leagues and he should be allowed to go and further his career after a dreadful two years on Tyneside.
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