NEWCASTLE United new boy Siem de Jong has been named as one of the club’s vice-captains this season.
The attacker has been chosen along with Cheick Tiote as back-up to skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew revealed he has made the double appointment to take some of the pressure off Coloccini, who took the armband after Kevin Nolan’s departure three years ago.
De Jong was named captain at his former club Ajax at just 23, where he led them to two league titles.
Writing in a newspaper column today about leadership, he said: ”At Newcastle I have great faith in Fabricio Coloccini, but we have also just last week announced two official vice-captains in Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong, who was captain at Ajax, giving us three players from different areas of the pitch to take that bit of extra responsibility.
“Coloccini is a relatively quiet lad, who leads by example and presence and his calmness on the ball.
“The most vocal guy does not necessarily mean the best leader, although previously we had Kevin Nolan, who was very vocal in the dressing-room and a great organiser of the group.”