Newcastle Target – Worst Transfer Error In History

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.

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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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17 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think he’s the striker we are looking for.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    We dot need to see his identification

  • Slank

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, jon dahl tomasson.

    He was a prolific scorer before he came to us and was a prolific scorer after he left. But he was next to useless when he was with us.

    So was that a bad buy by us or was it poor coaching, poor tactics, poor formation and a poor squad around him?

    Gerard Piqué is a good example of a player who never made it at ManU but was/is fantastic at Barcelona.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #4

    No sorry I don’t mate
    As for the sponsorship, it’s not small and it’s not a mistake, if it was a mistake it would of been rectified
    Yes he owns NUFC but SD, they are 2 seperate things and shouldn’t be plastering there ad’s for free along with Ashley’s other business he’s a shareholder in such as Dunlop, Firetrap etc which are all over the LCD display boards (boards which we would of paid to install and maintain with the sole purpose of bringing in revenue not to act as a bloody Friday ad!)
    Not a single sponsorship contract had improved under him, Chelsea have a new kit deal with Adidas worth £30 mil a season, now we are never going to get those figures but Adidas were putting more into the club than Puma but due to him renaming the stadium and them being embroiled in a row with SD over there product they pulled out of the club
    As for the Academy, what have we seen improved?
    New facilities, no improved coaching set up and no conformation of catergory one status

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Lol not really, look at Andy Carroll!

  • AaranD

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Would like to think he would link well with Remy and the way we play. But hasn’t been prolific in Germany but that could be down to a number of things.
    On the other hand Gomis is banging them in France and is a cheaper option but is older.
    Today we are linked with Grenier of Lyon but who knows…
    All swings and roundabouts at the minute.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7


    full agree with that, there is no point having top facilities and average coaches without cat 1 status.

    It’s good to have the infrastructure in place, but you need the right people to run it. Some of our coaches are very good, but not enough of them are top top level.

  • RonVanDam

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Who is this guy? Never heard of him….. 🙂

  • Thump

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s always good to be linked with a new player.

  • ErnestHemingway

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning chaps, i hope you all slept well.

    Instead of talking about (and getting frustrated about) potential transfers, pose a question to thee…

    Who is the most underrated player you’ve seen play for Newcastle in your lifetime? By underrated, I mean a player who did by receive the plaudits and acclaim his talent merited.

    I will start the ball rolling by saying Scott ‘salty’ sellars. He had a wand of a left foot.

  • ErnestHemingway

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #11

    *didn’t receive. HTC predictive text has a lot to answer for

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    BBC gossip has ut that PSG are set to offer €250m (£207m) for Messi.

    FFP rules? Bollocks!

    More like SFA rules if you’re owned by a Russian or Emiratee.

    Of course the each that the World Cup’s to be staged in Qatar and the UAE’s purely coincidental and does affect the implementation of the FFP rules. Of course it doesn’t.

    Meanwhile and in the stellar world of NUFC…… SNAFU!

  • Santon03

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #13


    I think those sponsorship mostly looking at the players and the club success. Well we haven’t won anything in 5 decades, got relegated and finished 5th and then almost relegated again. compare to chelsea’s record we are not worth the same contract.
    they have stars in their club and won CL, company like Adidas willing to pay huge money because it’s good for their marketing, most kids want to be like Mata, Hazard, Lampard, etc.
    Not many kids want to be playing in a club that almost relegated and our star probably only Cabaye. If you see outside England, not many people know or wear NUFC jersey. We don’t have that marketing power and to have thaat power you will need to invest like those teams which is hundreds of million probably billion dollars. Ashley definitely not in that category (not enough money), but how many sheikh or multi billionaire are willing to spend their money for football club? There are many other hobbies beside football club that they can spend their money on. We are not that lucky and so are many other clubs in england or in the world. It’s reality, maybe in the next life we will have generous Newcastle born billionaire who will invest big time until then let’s just hope we can finish top 6 this season.

  • Slank

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #14

    4toonarmydownsouth @ 4

    Because SD is a public company quoted on the FTSE and Ashley is a director I doubt very much that he would be allowed to authorise payments from SD to himself as he is the sole owner of NUFC for advertising SD on his own property.

    If it isn’t illegal or against the rules and regs of the City it certainly would be highlighted by the auditors and pension funds that own a tranche of SD shares and would make it to the press who would have a field day. Because I have never read of this activity before I presume that it cannot be done.

    Many fans don’t realise that the advertising at St James Park is to promote SD and not necessarily to generate income for NUFC. Ashley has enough personal wealth to be able to make these decisions.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15

    here i was hoping for a “move along” from the 3rd comment

  • Slank

    Jan 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Leah @ 12

    On the Sunday Supplement it was said that one of the reasons that Chelsea could or needed to sell Mata was because of the Fair Play rules for which I haven’t a clue about. Perhaps someone can explain these rules.

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #17


    Although SD is listed, don’t forget that MA’ the majority shareholder and will hold some sway over its activities.

    Now and as you know, NUFC is wholly owned by MA and if NUFC were to have offered SD advertising at no cost, then SD, like any other business, would gladly accept such an offer. That’s all above board and won’t break any rules I presume.

    Yes, I was aware that Chelski’s publicly trying to demonstrate compliance with FFP – could it be that Abramovich haw decided to do an Ashley and decided that he won’t inject any more cash into the club. Maybe he’s getting near to his last few pennies and can’t or won’t invest any more. Or, more likely is he starting to play politics over the issue ? I can’t see him doing that as the UAE big players’d just laugh at it.

    As I suggested, how much leeway have FIFA and EUFA agreed to give the likes of Emirate and Ethiad Aiirways as a sop for the UAE agreeing to ccomodating a possible rescheduling of theWorld Cup and guaranteeing a flawless delivery?

    Just me thinking out loud and no sleight whatsover intended – I’m well aware that things are run without any deviation from business ethics!

    Bless ’em!


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