The Bild newspaper in Germany – the nation’s most popular newspaper has described Luuk de Jong’s £12.6M transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach from FC Twente as the worst transfer error in history, for all involved.
Luuk de Jong – calamitous time in Germany
The transfer was completed in the summer of 2012, and in his first season in Germany he scored 6 goals in 23 appearances for the club, but this season he has yet to start a game in the Bundesliga, and has yet to score – and Luuk’s played only 13 times, mostly as a late substitute in games.
And on Friday night in the game against Bayern Munich, which Monchengladbach lost 2-0, he complained of having to warm up throughout the second half, but he never got on.
Eighteen months ago Newcastle had made Luuk their number one target, but they were outbid by the German club, and the player himself said he preferred to move to Monchengladbach.
But it’s been a terrible move for everybody concerned, and now Newcastle are back in trying to get Luuk on loan for the rest of the season, with a chance to make the move permanent in the summer.
But it’s hardly been the worst transfer in history, with Newcastle’s purchase of Michael Owen for £17M from Real Madrid in the summer of 2005 probably one of the Premier League’s worst, and Liverpool’s purchase of Andy Carroll for £35M from Newcastle three years ago also a good candidate.
Liverpool lost £18M in a short 30 months on Andy, before selling him last summer to West Ham for £17M.
Newcastle are always after players who have something to prove, so the Dutch International certainly fits into that category, but whether he can be successful in the Premier League after failing in the Bundesliga has to be an open question.
For the sake of the player and Newcastle we hope he can do it – but we have our doubts.
What do you think?
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