Alan Pardew held his press conference today for the tough game at Hull City on Saturday, and near the end he was asked if Luuk de Jong’s performances would decide whether Newcastle would sign him permanently in the summer.
Luuk de Jong – looking better and better
It seemed a bit of a dumb question, but Alan answered it well, and revealed the Dutch striker is finding his feet in training on Tyneside, and looking better and better:
“I think that would make sense that he needs to make a success of his last ten games and he’s had a good start.”
“I think he came into the team when unfortunately we had just lost Cabaye, and we lost a couple of games and no Remy, and it was difficult for him.”
“But he’s finding his feet in training – and he’s looking better and better, and hopefully he can have a big impact before the end.”
And Luuk did well when he came on against Aston Villa and her brilliantly set up Loic Remy with a great piece of play and Loic hit the post, but it was a wide open goal and the French striker should have done better.
But then a few minutes later, de Jong was again involved, as his shot in the penalty area was deflected high in the air, to Remy who then gave an exhibition over a few seconds of how to beat two men in the penalty area, before you smash the ball into the back of the net for the winning goal, with a minute to go in added time.
And of course Newcastle got a fantastic 3 points.
And Alan also said he would probably give young Adam Armstrong his first team debut before the end of the season, and that another Academy product, Sammy Ameobi, would have a big part to play through the end of the season.
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+