Time Could Be Running Out For These Two Newcastle Strikers

Luuk de Jong has appeared six times for Newcastle with four starts this year, and Newcastle still have nine games to play and if Luuk is to earn a permanent contract at Newcastle in the summer, he has to start scoring some goals – and in truth that’s the situation with Papiss Cisse too.

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Luuk de Jong in action last Saturday in London

Both strikers will probably start on Saturday against Crystal Palace with Newcastle playing in a 4-4-2 formation, and without Loic Remy in the side we’ve lacked bite in that final third of the pitch, and that’s what happened at Craven Cottage last Saturday when we missed at least two golden opportunities to score.

This is what 23 year-old Luuk de Jong has told the Shields Gazette today about Loic Remy:

““You can see that other players can score goals,” “In the game against Hull we scored four goals.”  Of course, Loic is a good player. Also, Mathieu Debuchy – who is not there – is a good player as well.”

“But we’ve got players who can fill in as well. We have to work hard in training again.”  “We can’t always depend on them, but they are good players, and you will always miss good players.” “

Where we are now, we just want to win games.”  “We’ve got Crystal Palace at home. We need to work hard.”  “It will be a difficult game, like any Premier League game.”

“That’s what we’re focused on.”

Oh well, not too much there from Luuk, and what both Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong have to do is prove they can score with Loic Remy not being in the side, and for the four games Loic has missed this year, we have never scored.

We hope that changes on Saturday, and of course it must do, if we are to get all 3 points.

We’re not fully convinced we can win the game on Saturday, unless we see a lot more energy and drive than we saw last week from our players.

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