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.
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?
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