Former Newcastle United man Siem de Jong has revealed he should have stayed longer at St. James’ Park to try and make the move work.
De Jong expresses regret
Now, de Jong has admitted he should have put in more effort to make the move work. He explained (via The Chronicle):
“In retrospect I say I perhaps should have fought a little longer for my chance at Newcastle United. I was allowed to leave at one point and then went back to the Netherlands despite a long contract.
“There were also other boys who were allowed to leave, who later fought back. Maybe I should have been a little more patient too. At that point, however, I looked at it differently. I wanted to play full matches again, to get hold of the rhythm and my old level of Ajax.
“That didn’t work out how I wanted, but unfortunately you won’t get anywhere with what-if thinking.
“How I look at it now: I have a very good career, I have won prizes, played international matches and could travel the world with what I love most. That is also worth a lot.”
It is a shame that it did not work out for the attacking midfielder in the Premier League. During his time at Ajax, he impressed with his goalscoring ability, netting 54 times across his last five Eredivisie campaigns. At Newcastle, though, it just never worked out, with him managing just two goals.
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Since then, he has played for PSV, Ajax again, FC Cincinnati and Sydney. He is now with Heerenveen as he approaches the end of his career. With five league titles and a number of other trophies to his name, he has not had a bad career, but his spell at Newcastle could well be his one big regret.
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