After an injury ravaged spell at Newcastle United and a disappointing second stint with Ajax, Siem De Jong was struggling to stay fit at Sydney FC 12 months ago.
He’s since returned to Ajax after his loan spell in Australia ended, and came back on his first start for the club in almost 2 years this week.
The Dutchman bagged a perfect first-half HAT-TRICK, scoring one with his left, one with his right and another with his head in their 7-0 win over SV Spakenburg in the KNVB Cup.
Watch his hat-trick for last year’s Champions League runners up here:
A great moment for the former Ajax captain, who always seemed to have plenty ability but appeared to be made of Weetabix during his time on Tyneside.
When he arrived for a fee in the region of £7m in the summer of 2014, it felt like a steal and a potentially brilliant bit of business.
He was 25, a full international, Ajax’s captain and had bagged 80 goals and 50 assists in 250 appearances for the Dutch giants, but his constant injury issues meant he made just 22 league appearances for the club over a three-year stint at St James’ Park.