On Thursday, an interview with Siem De Jong appeared where he discussed his injury issue and how it all started during his time at Newcastle United.

A collapsed lung is what set it all off, and, until very recently, wasn’t able to find any sort of consistency in his performances and had many stints on the sidelines.

As well as his struggle with injuries, the player spoke to Voetbal International about various moments in his career, including his stint at St James’ Park.

Signing in 2014, he stayed with the Magpies until 2017, but he now regrets leaving so soon, especially when so many have been able to turn their careers around there.

He told Voetbal International: “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”.

Returning to Ajax after his Newcastle stint, De Jong then went on to play for the likes of Sydney FC and Cincinnati in the MLS before leaving them in January to sign with Heerenveen.

He has since made 7 appearances in the Eredivisie, and assisted his teammates once.