SIEM de Jong says he’s up to speed at Newcastle United – and now looking to get off the mark.
The summer signing missed the first game of the season through a calf injury.
But de Jong has started the club’s last two league and cup fixtures.
And the forward - who netted twice in pre-season - is confident he can chip in up front and ease concerns that Alan Pardew’s new-look side lacks goals.
“I feel good - I’ve trained hard,” de Jong said.
“I’m glad to be playing, and hopefully I can improve my game here. The Premier League is a big challenge.
“I want to improve and help the team. Hopefully, I can do that.
“I was glad that I played a couple of games in pre-season and got to know the team. Everybody knew who I was and what I did.
“When I was injured, it was really frustrating. I missed the first game.
“City at home was a nice game, and I wanted to play.”
De Jong, signed from Dutch club Ajax, where he was captain, feels it will take time for the club’s summer signings - like Emmanuel Riviere and Remy Cabella - to adjust to their new team and the pace and intensity of Premier League football.
“I think you saw in the friendly games that we still have to adapt to each other a little bit and get to know each other a little better,” added the 25-year-old, speaking at a visit to the Toon Times exhbition at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum.
“Friendly games are different to the Premier League, of course.
“But I think there are players who can score.
“We shouldn’t be talking about it all the time. If you talk about not scoring all the time, it gets into your head.
“Everybody wants to score - especially the attacking players.
“We shouldn’t worry about that too much.
“Manu (Riviere) and Cabella are also new, and also need a little bit of time.
“It’s always a little difficult at the start of the season when you fit in new players.
“You have to get used to each other - hopefully, we can get better in the coming weeks.”
De Jong met local schoolchildren on his visit to Toon Times with Dutch countryman Daryl Janmaat.
“The children helped me with the history of the club,” he said. “They were really passionate and enthusiastic about everything here.”
Admission to the exhibition, which charts United’s history, is free. It runs until October 5.