Newcastle United attacking midfielder Siem de Jong admits his situation at the club "sucks".

The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact since Alan Pardew brought him to St. James' Park for £6m from Ajax 18 months ago, with injury limiting his involvement last term.

He finally got a run in the side under Steve McClaren, but was dropped from the starting eleven following a bad miss in last month's draw with Aston Villa.

​"It sucks, especially because I need the minutes to get into a rhythm and get used to the physical games in the Premier League," De Jong told Dutch outlet ​Algemeen Dagblad.

"It feels a bit like my first years at Ajax. Sometimes you play, then you come on as substitute or you are not part of the squad.

"There is also the feeling that you have to prove yourself. There is a new coach this season, not the one who bought me. There were also new signings. No, it isn’t the easiest situation."

De Jong isn't the only member of his family to find life on Tyneside tough, with younger brother Luuk, a striker, failing to score in 14 appearances for the Magpies in the second half of 2013-14.

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