Steve McClaren hoping to unleash new ‘weapon’ as Newcastle prepare to play Man Utd this weekend
August 19, 2015
Steve McClaren will be hoping he won’t have to shade himself under that infamous golf umbrella in the confidence that new signing Siem de Jong will be a sensation at Newcastle, regardless of the fact that an untimely injury ruined his first year in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder made just five first-team appearances, with only two of those outings being starts, last season after signing for the Magpies for £6million from Dutch giants Ajax.
The Netherlands player was unfortunate to suffer a serious thigh injury initially, but then to make things worse, just as he had recovered from his thigh problem, he agonisingly suffered a collapsed lung.
However, the new Newcastle boss will be hoping he’ll hit the ground running and come good when he fully fit.
The Newcastle coach will have De Jong at his disposal for the trip to Manchester when they face off against rivals Man United at Old Trafford for the 12.45pm kick-off.
And when asked whether the Dutch international could make a difference, McClaren said: "Of course he can.
"He can assist and he can score and that’s a big weapon to have, those two things.
"I remember when he came here, I remember thinking what a good signing that was.
"He's yet to light the place up, but that's purely because of injuries. He's just building up to get that chance.
"He's going to take a while getting to the right tempo and the right level, but we can see it every day, that he's improving, getting better, and he can see that, too."