Newcastle United have been flying in the Championship this season but spare a thought for Siem De Jong, who’s spending the season out on-loan to build up his fitness.
The 27-year-old Dutchman has endured a difficult time in the North East since arriving in English football, with a wealth of injury problems, including a collapsed young, affecting the former Ajax captain.
Due to his problems, De Jong’s long-term future with Newcastle is under scrutiny and Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars is quoted by The Chronicle as expressing a desire to bring the midfielder back to the Eredivisie giants.
“If Newcastle see me coming, I don’t think that they will be offering a discount for Siem de Jong,”
De Jong is a beloved idol at Ajax after being an ever-present figure for the Dutch side between 2010 and 2014, where he won four consecutive Eredivisie sides, but his winning mentality may mean he still has a part to play in Rafael Benitez’ Magpies side.
The proven leader has fought through a hell of a lot to get back to even playing professional football and a resurgence in the Newcastle side would be a welcome reward for the 27-year-old, who has endured a lot more than any other player will ever have to.