Luuk de Jong started the second half in today’s third disaster in a row against Sunderland, and given he has not had much playing time in Germany he looked decent, and certainly showed some good movement at times.
Luuk de Jong – terrible debut
And Luuk knew all about what this game meant to fans, and in his first interview after signing last week, he had said if Newcastle lost the game the players would not be able to walk the streets – so at least he knew how important the game was.
This is what Luuk said on the Newcastle web-site after the game today:
“I’m happy to be here and to play but it is not the beginning I hoped for. I wanted to win this game. “I was told how big it is for the Club and the fans and now I’ve seen it for myself.”
“I had a couple of chances and I expect myself to finish better there. I’m not satisfied with that.” “Sometimes I thought I did OK, made some good runs and got the ball but just couldn’t get a good shot away when I came back inside.”
“I will keep working on that and my goals will come.” “We are really disappointed.” “We spoke before about what the game meant, how we had to start and what we had to do but we didn’t play football today.”
“Our strength is playing football. I watched the Norwich game in midweek and you could see how good we were, but today we just didn’t get going. Sunderland played well at times though and got the goals.”
“It’s a terrible debut for me – a really bad moment and I’m so disappointed.” “We have a big week ahead, We need to work hard as a team and be prepared for Chelsea.”
It’s good that we have got 37 points, so we are not in any relegation trouble.
That’s true isn’t it?
And we’d like to see Luuk get some playing time, so he can get his sharpness back, and at times he looked good this afternoon, in what was a terrible game to make his debut in.
Newcastle players have to take responsibility for another insipid performance against Sunderland , and there was no passion or guts, and not much skill either.
The Newcastle fans need see guts and spirit at Chelsea next Saturday afternoon – nothing less than that will be good enough – although with the skills we currently have in the side, we are unlikely to come away with anything from Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle can still make this into a good season – we just need to forget about all the Sunderland defeats – that’s all.
We’d just love to see Luuk become a success at Newcastle, and we also thought that Sylvain Marveaux looked good when he came on in the second half – and Sylvain needs to be given a chance too.
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