By Abigail Withey
Newcastle United fans have expressed their mixed opinions on social media after the club announced that attacker Siem de Jong had permanently left the club for Dutch giants Ajax.
The attacker last made an appearance for the Toon back in May 2016 against Aston Villa before Newcastle were relegated to the Championship.
The Magpies confirmed that the 28-year-old had completed a return to Ajax via their official Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2017
Many of the United supporters appeared to support the injury prone attacker, while another fan tweeted the club asking what he should do with his newly purchased ‘De Jong’ Newcastle strip.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Lewis Courtney (@LewisCourtney_) August 28, 2017
— Rob. (@FootyFan2017) August 28, 2017
Too slow for Premier League, very injury prone. He can kick the ball in a straight line unlike his brother. De Jong dynasty is over. Get in.
— Bryce Moses (@BryceMoses) August 28, 2017
All the very best to @siemdejong
(in my humble opinion…) never really given the chance his talent deserved
always welcome back to #NUFC
— giles bunting (@gilesbunting) August 28, 2017
he will probably end up being their top goalscorer this season
— Steve W (@SteveW41353512) August 28, 2017
Break a leg !! Not literally
— stephen malloy (@stephenmalloy91) August 28, 2017
Another waste of time & money ..adios you wont be missed
— JOHNNY HOPE ⚽️⬛️⬜️ (@HopeJohnny) August 28, 2017
The Dutch international moved to St. James’ Park back in 2014 for a fee close to £8 million and made a total of just 26 appearances across all competitions for the club where he managed to net two goals and provide a single assist.
De Jong spent last season on loan at Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, where he suffered from a few reoccurring injuries.
Throughout his time at the Tyneside club, the forward suffered a whole host of fitness problems which included thigh muscle issues, a calf strain and a collapsed lung.
De Jong will now return to his home country and rejoin Ajax where he was formerly an academy and senior team member.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are plotting a last minute bid for and international striker.