COMMENT By Will Butcher
Newcastle must hand Siem de Jong a second chance at St. James’ Park as he continues to shine on loan with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.
De Jong, 28, scored his fourth goal in three games for PSV in a 1-0 win over Vitesse on Saturday, as he continues to rip it up back in his homeland.
His explosive form, which has now seen him score six times in 18 outings, should tempt Rafa Benitez into handing the Holland international another chance on Tyneside.
The former Ajax ace has proven his fitness on home turf, which prevented the playmaker from having any sort of impact in the north east following his arrival in the summer of 2014.
The Switzerland-born attacker has made just 26 appearances for the Toon, with only seven of those being from the off after a nightmare spell of injuries.
However, his form in Holland’s top flight has proven that he is back to the best; the kind of form that prompted Newcastle to spend £6million on him almost three years ago.
The form of attacking midfield duo Ayoze Perez and Mo Diame has been sketchy at best, with neither getting to grips with Benitez’s vigorous rotation policy this season.
With a Premier League return on the horizon as the Toon continue to top the table and remain seven points clear of the the play-offs, top-flight experience is needed to help Benitez’s side avoid relegation next season.
De Jong’s ability to create something out of nothing will prove pivotal in the top flight next season, with chances likely to be at a premium and creativity desperately required.
Bringing de Jong back to replace the inconsistent duo Perez and Diame in behind top scorer Dwight Gayle could be the key to Newcastle remaining in the Premier League next term.