SIEM de Jong will get Newcastle United going this season – by bringing games to a standstill!
De Jong joined from Ajax in a £6million deal last month.
And the forward scored against Sydney and Oldham Athletic in his first two appearances for the club.
Versatile De Jong – who was expected to feature against Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand’s capital early this morning – will be used as a striker this season, or in the No.10 role.
Boss Alan Pardew feels the 25-year-old’s vision, range of passing and shooting ability marks him down as one of the players to watch in the Premier League this season.
“Siem’s a player that I love – I love that type of player,” Pardew said.
“I’ve had two players of that type at West Ham – Yossi Benayoun and Teddy Sheringham.
“They can make the game stand still and create time for the team.
“He’s an important player for us, and we hope he stays fit.”
De Jong sat out a training session earlier this week with a foot injury, but Pardew was confident he would be fit to face Wellington, who beat West Ham 2-1 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pardew and his 24-man squad began the 11,500-mile journey back to Tyneside after the game.
The Magpies play Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Wednesday (7.45pm) before heading to Germany for a pre-season tournament in Gelsenkirchen, hosted by Schalke 04.
Newcastle will play Malaga and Schalke at the 79,000-capacity Veltins Arena.