It’s not that Director of Football hasn’t managed to bring in a player in the January transfer window, since Newcastle finally signed Luuk de Jong on loan, but Joe still has to have his first permanent signing for Newcastle, and if the club cannot bring in a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, it’s not only embarrassing, but shows that Joe may not be the right man for the job of Director of Football at the club.
Luuk de Jong – we hope he’ll be smiling soon
Luuk de Jong trained yesterday with the Newcastle squad, and Alan Pardew was very pleased with what he saw from the Dutchman:
“I’m pleased in so much he’s a player we’ve had our eye on for a while.” ”He was someone we couldn’t quite reach in his last transfer move, in terms of the finance, but that hasn’t worked out as perfect a transfer as they probably both hoped – the (German) team and Luuk.”
“But he’s ended up here and has trained well today. I like his confidence and we are looking forward to his inclusion in the squad. He is a big presence of a player.”
“He is a goalscorer and if there is a criticism you could aim at us maybe, we could do with scoring a few more goals.”
But since Luuk hasn’t had much match practice with Borussia Monchengladbach this season, it looks like he will not play against Sunderland tomorrow, in a game that Newcastle just cannot lose.
If that happens, it will end what has been a very bad week for Newcastle – so we have get all 3 points tomorrow to get us back on track.
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