Siem de Jong appointed vice-captain of Newcastle United along with Cheick Tiote

Newcastle United summer signing Siem de Jong has been installed as the club’s vice-captain.

The former Ajax skipper joined the Magpies in a £6million deal from the Dutch champions earlier this month.

And manager Alan Pardew has moved quickly to afford the 25-year-old some extra responsibility at St James’ Park.

Firepower: De Jong offers more options in attacking positions for Alan Pardew's side

Responsibility: Siem de Jong has been appointed vice-captain of new club Newcastle United

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Black and white: Alan Pardew wants to have leaders in different areas of the field

Deputy: De Jong will be vice-captain to defender Fabricio Coloccini

Deputy: De Jong will be vice-captain to defender Fabricio Coloccini

Argentinian defender Fabricio Coloccini will remain as captain, but De Jong and Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote have been handed new roles.

‘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,’ Pardew told the Independent on Sunday.

‘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.’