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Time Could Be Running Out For These Two Newcastle Strikers

9:00 am, Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    He is a scape goat.

    Give him time he will do well. I Am sure

  • 2 Spoof // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    from previous thread

    Rotonda

    quite right, it wouldn’t be a shock if we lose to Palace, but what is more concerning to me is the fact that I don’t give a flying f*** what happens anymore, that’s how disallusioned I am, it’s pretty sad when a workmate of mine who is a Mackum was more upset at us losing to Fulham than what I was, he really is desperate for us to win against Palace, but I’m not really that bothered, now that is sad, really sad, to have your enthusiasm stripped from you as we have by Ashley is shocking, he has a lot to answer too !

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Another repost:
    Spoof,
    Like you I was suspicious when Keegan was criticizing the transfer policy and then when Milner left I knew the place was clueless from the top, when you look at the bigger picture and the one point that got us relegated that has to be the worst business the club has ever done, never mind, Boumsong and Owen, I was temporarily duped when Cisse was signed instead of Danny Graham, but when you look back Cisse was only bought because somebody convinced Mashers that he’d be worth 20M in a year or two, as proved with Shane Long, a striker we’ve been linked with for awhile, there is no chance of a profit in him so why spend money on him, which goes to show that the majority of players from now on will only be here a few seasons before being sold on, you can’t build success this way.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Mixed reviews on LDJ here, I haven’t been listening to enough of Total sport to here the views of the lads on there, either way he’ll have to be replaced, I think we’ll be seeing a bit more of Campbell and Armstrong next season, would be amazing if they made the grade, according to John Anderson last night who has been watching St Mirren games, AC hasn’t looked anything out of the ordinary though, I hope this analysis from Ando doesn’t send angry Jeff into an apoplectic rage and have him on the phone tonight calling Ando a mackem cnut.

  • 5 Scottiedog // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Time to drop kick Cisse out of the squad and put Armstrong in!! what have we got to lose??

  • 6 Spoof // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Jail

    the Cisse purchase wasn’t within the normal Ashley remit, and like yourself I did falsely build my hopes hope, but not for too long, still I cannot fathom out the Cisse move, it stands out like a sore thumb, you look at all of our dealings and then you look at the Cisse one and wonder ?, it really is a puzzler that one, mind you could well be right, I remember Paul Merson saying that we should sell him in the summer of 2012, as he believed that Cisse wasn’t that good, very rarely was he in the righ place at the right time to score, he lacked the natural predator instincts, he was lorded due to an unbeleavable amount of spectacular goals which could never be sustained, he was right, and we would have got £20m at least for him then, not that it would have helped us as it would only make Ashley £20m richer rather than the £7/8m richer which he will be when Cisse moves on !

  • 7 mindcompressor // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    place cisse in first line-up on the weekend would be another stupidity and step deeper in anti-football. he just doesn’t deserve for it. i think only in our club player can be useless for almost a year and still be in first team. i hope it doesn’t make worse armstrong attitude – you know, if you are aware of own talent, working hard in youth team, got some success and than you are still on the bench and watch other players doing some shit on the pitch you can start to think – why to bother? it doesn’t matter if i’m good, better, worse and drunk, whatever – cisse and shola will play anyway.

  • 8 Spoof // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    LDJ has not had the best of starts to his Newcastle career, however I would not rule him out just yet, don’t forget how poor Debuchy was when he came, some players do need a pre-season behind them in preperation for the Premier league, I feel that LDJ will be one of those, as difficult as it has been for him I have still seen enough of him to believe that he could be good, he is a strong lad who does hold the ball up and bring others into play, lets not forget that we haven’t had that type of striker since Ba left so the rest of the side will have to adapt to him as well, which is why I feel that a pre-season could be really good for him, at £6/7m then that has got to be a good deal, so for me a definite yes.

  • 9 pxatkins // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Cisse is good footballer, leaving aside his current barren spell regarding goals. The same thing happened with Andy Cole, then when he went to ManU he got his touch back and won medals. Cisse is, as has been noted, having a confidence crisis.There’s only one cure: play him and hope he bags one.




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