23 year-old Luuk de Jong talked after the Sunderland disaster, and said he had a terrible debut for Newcastle on Saturday, but he meant by that it was a terrible defeat in which to make your debut for the club.
Luuk de Jong on Saturday
And Alan Pardew has been interviewed today by Miles Starforth in the Shields Gazette, and he said this about Luuk:
“I felt sorry for Luuk,” “I had to put him right in the deep end.” “Luuk wasn’t expecting him to get half a game, I’m sure.”
“But we’ll get him a game under this belt this week and get him up to speed a little bit. It was a tough game.”
“We’ll see how he is, as he’s played half a game.” “Maybe we’ll keep him out of that and work him on the training ground.”
Alan Pardew and the Newcastle squad need to put in a very good and hard week of training in preparation for the game at Chelsea on Saturday, and then the home game the following Wednesday against Tottenham.
We don’t expect too many points coming from those two particular games, but Newcastle must get organized and do the best they can in the remaining 14 games of the season to keep us as high in the league table as possible.
They have to prove they were not a one man team earlier in the season.
Luuk looked a bit rusty on Saturday, but that’s to be expected, and he moved well and did have a couple of half chances – and all he needs is a goal to get his career at Newcastle off to a decent start.
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