Limited Interest In Newcastle Target – Is He Good Enough?


There doesn’t seem to be an awful of interest in Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong, but the Dutch International has very much become a peripheral player in Germany, and his appearances for the club this season have been sub appearances  for a few minutes at the end of games.

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Luuk de Jong – Monchengladbach substitute

But to be fair to the player, the coach in Germany Lucien Favre has never rated the player ever since he was signed for over £12M in the summer of 2012 from FC Twente, and at that time he was Newcastle’s top transfer target, and we had bid £10M for the lad, but he preferred to play in Germany.

Newcastle seem to be the club most interested in the player at the moment, and  are said to be in discussions with the German club about the loan fee.

And it seems Newcastle want to see how the Dutch International performs in the tough Premier League, before making any decision to sign him permanently, and that’s good thinking by the club.

Luuk has been told of Newcastle’s interest in signing him on loan and he had this to say:

“I can imagine going.” “My coach will change things in the second half but not that much.” “I want to play longer than three to five minutes. It’s no fun.”

“The coach does not give me the feeling that he continues he will build firmly around me.” “He does not talk much with me. It was a first half of the season to forget.”

Borussia have made a mistake by signing the lad for  a massive £12.6M given his subsequent failure in the Bundesliga, and Newcastle have every right to be cautious before signing this lad, even on loan.

The Monchengladbach Sports Director  Max Eberl  says there have been no concrete offers for the striker:

“In Luuk de Jong we have a player who didn’t play that often in the first half of the campaign.”  “I can understand him being unhappy.”

“We keep getting enquiries about him – but there have been no concrete offers.” “We don’t intend to give matters like this one our attention until something concrete happens.”

There’s not much to be lost by bringing Luuk in for the remainder of the season at Newcastle, as long as the loan fee isn’t prohibitive, but of course the German club will be trying to recoup as much of the £12.6M as they can, as they try to unload the Dutchman.

But maybe when they sign a player, they should probably check that the coach rates the player, and that could save them some money in the future.

Do you think Luuk de Jong would be a good permanent signing for Newcastle – from what you know of the player?

Would Luuk de Jong Be A Good Permanent Signing For Newcastle?

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126 comments so far

  • mag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Most of these Dutch players are overrated and this guy certainly is one of them.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #2

    If MA stalled on his price last time he must be pretty smug now that he is undoubtedly worth much less. I sense a bit of hardball bargain hunting here.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed
    totally agree bud,Check out the merchandise before you buy.Unproven and has a rough ride in the bundesliga .But the last thing we want is another cisse on our hands

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Mag
    How can you say that pal when he’s not even been given a chance to shine in the german league.I agree take him on loan with a view to a permanent,But don’t shoot him before he’s been given a chance bud

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  • mag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    If he’s so good why is no one else chasing him?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe he is like cisse, who is actually a good striker, made terrible in his case by lack of proper service from our midfield and diminishing game time. In De Jong’s case, a bad start coupled with a manager who doesnt like you is a killer blow to performance. If he came for a bargain, we could end up getting a tidy forward who could replace Shola. Nothing lost for a few million and modest wages.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone else feel not the slightest but of sympathy for Man C. Yes for Nasri but for Man C I feel like this is a small amount of payback for the support they gave De Jong after breaking Ben Arfas leg, and I’ve certainly enjoyed reminding every whinging Man C fan of that and the fact that he didn’t even get a yellow.

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    just taking back to Tiote’s goal…

    Now that FA has suspended the refree, it seems thay have accepted that it was a mistake from ref…

    Why cant there be a rematch??

    In bundesliga, there was a rematch for the match where the ball went in through side netting…
    Both are similar scenarios…

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Mag
    How do you know that ??

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #10

    BTW I am aware this is a different De Jong. I say No to all De Jongs though.

    Get Guidietti(?) off MAN C……oops might be tough now

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Charlietoon – include me. I still hope he misses the world cup the sneaky whining brat.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    we will always end up with players no one else wants coz we wont pay the money, 52.ooo at every home game and we are after players on lone.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastleforlife – we’d get our asses handed to us in a rematch, I say use the anger against West Ham and the up coming games rather than hoping we can turn em over for the first time in 12 matches. Start strong and dont stop and dont give Pards any more ‘tired’ excuses.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Charlietoon
    Would you not consider older brother siem who is available for around £5 mill, Which is an unbelievable price for such quality

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  • mag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #15

    If they get him on loan and he does the business fine but he has the whiff of another van wolfswinkel about him to shell big money up front on him.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    BS article

    He is plenty good enough?

    Yet ED puts Shola as a legend. Pathetic

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #17

    jazzyp I feel like we missed him when we wanted him and he has not done anything special so now we should look at others. Bullet dodged IMO. Anyway Kinner will get the wrong brother 😉 remember Amalfitano?

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    @charlie…

    we may loose or win aleast….
    what does this scrutiny of refrees means to EPL teams…
    we are nt going toe get any points back.. Fa arent going to pay anything extra…
    Atleast there should be some rule going forward to make sure on
    decisions like red card, penalties and goals are perfect or some kind of justice if these decisions are wrong

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Most Dutch guys overrated??
    Overmars,Van nistelroy,Stam,Van Persie,Bergkamp,Robben,Krul,Anita is turning into a decent player too….all proven in the PL
    They are a much better national squad than England’s
    Much better ability on the ball than most English players
    Can’t be wrong getting him in on loan with intent to buy and fee agreed in case he does well.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    If he can hold the ball up, pass to a team mate once a game and score the occasional goal then he will be upgrade on Shola and Cisse !!

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  • mag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #21

    @19 you just cherry picked a few successful ones over twenty years you plug!

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Generally

    Dutch players playing in good!!!!!!!!!!

    other nationalities are not good sometimes.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Charlietoon
    The less said the better about Amalfitano eh !!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #24

    5million for Siemens de Jong,seriously?
    That’d be a steal,can’t see him being for sale at that price unless his contract is out soon
    Quality

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #25

    reg Luuk / strkers… i blv we should be considering <15M strikers.. My choice are

    1. Benteke
    2. Adrian Ramos
    3. michy batshuayi
    4. Finagobbson
    5. Luc Castaignos
    6. Luuk De Jong
    7. Gomis

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyone just a little worried that we sign no one ?

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Marty toon

    De Jong has 18 months left on his current deal and Ajax are keen to do business as soon as possible.

    It’s thought that Newcastle have been kept up to date with the situation – and plan to test the water with a £5million offer in the coming days.

    Ajax are believed to want closer to £8million, but De Jong’s admission that he is desperate to depart has weakened their hand.
    on

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  • sweendog

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #28

    batshuayi has the makings of a top striker .. would like him here

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  • swemag

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Jonas only loan. That was disappointing. Love Jonas but when it’s time it’s time. We could have saved some money and got some cash.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Swemag
    I don’t understand the loan deal either unless there’s a view to a permanent deal. It will only leave 1 year left on his contract and surely a less profit on any deal

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  • breno95

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #31

    plug?????!!!
    overated. the dutch have won major national honours and to name a few more good dutch players:-
    Krul
    stekelenberg
    van de weil
    huntelaar
    sneidjer
    gullit
    cocu
    rykard
    de guzman
    van aarnhol
    van de vart
    vorm
    pieters
    kuyt
    van ginkel
    Siem de Jong
    Nigel de jong

    to name a few who are/have or could cut it in the EPL.

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  • magpiemover

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    think you missed a few more out marco van baston
    marc overmars

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #33

    About the same strike rate as Altidore and worse than Afonso Alves’. Couldn’t do it in the bundesliga. No thanks.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Farewell Jonas, Not a bad word to say about the bloke and I hop he does well at Norwich .

    I remember watching him against Man U when we first bought him and he had pace to burn :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmHt0qNoyHs

    But sadly his legs went and we now have better options in the centre of the pitch . But, life goes on .

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  • tonynufc

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #35

    To all yous who say luuk de jong aint good enough. Theres no wonder hes not getting his game when he has Max kruse and rafelle to fight for a place with. both good strikers, Luuks never been given his chance since he got there and only gets games as a sub, just like HBA at the moment. we no hes a good player for us but not given long enough to work his magic. I think it would b a great move for us. especially with distributers like cabaye, gouffran and anita,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Jazzyp,
    Really no point in us doing loan deals if after the player proves himself his value soars and we’re out priced plus I can’t see what benefit Lukaku gave to WBA now he’s gone, loan deals are great for stop gap injuries or in the case of DeJong to effectively have him on trial for six months before signing him permantly or sending him back, it certainly shouldn’t be a long term policy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #37

    For everyone turning their noses up at Dejong, we’re stuck with Shola and Cisse if we don’t bag him on loan.

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  • tonynufc

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #38

    all de jongs games this yea have been as a sub, and hes only been given 15 mins tops, that’s no time to get into a game

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Van der sar
    Davids
    Seedorf

    Another 3 “mostly over rated” dutch players

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Being bought by the owner rather than the manager never done Torres or Shevchenko any good !

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