It seems like Dutch team-mate Tim Krul is helping Luuk de Jong settle down quickly at Newcastle, and the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has again praised the Dutch striker for his play at Chelsea last Saturday.
Luuk de Jong – played well at Chelsea
This is what Pardew said about the 23 year-old Dutch striker, who has 5 caps for the Netherlands:
“De Jong has settled in very well. He knows Tim Krul very well and they look like brothers at times, but I thought he did very well on Saturday against a really fired-up Chelsea.”
“Jose had Chelsea in a place where they were thinking ‘no slip-ups’ after beating Manchester City and I thought he did everything he could on Saturday with the service he had. He never gave the ball away he was strong and took the ball in.”
“He didn’t have much goal threat but we didn’t give him those opportunities. The rest of his play I thought was terrific, I was pleased with that and I thought he was too.”
“Luke’s getting these games and if we get the best team around him, we’ll get the best out of him for sure.”
Newcastle could lose all four of their strikers this summer, with Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi almost certain to leave, and Pardew to make a decision on Papiss Cisse in the summer.
It would be great if Luuk can make the grade at Newcastle, and that would be one less striker we’d have to bring in over the summer.
And it would be a good time for Luuk to open his account tonight at home against Tottenham, when Newcastle will be without Debuchy, Coloccini, Tiote and Cisse due to injury.
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