The very first thing you look at when you are rating a striker, is the number of goals he has scored, and while other things are important, like how many assists he has, a striker’s job is to put the ball into the back of the net.
Luuk de Jong – 8 appearances – no goals
And since Loic Remy has been out for the last three games, Newcastle have struggled mightily in front of goal, and scored only one goal – and that one was way into stoppage time against Crystal Palace when Papiss Cisse scored, and Loic is out on Saturday at Southampton, so we’re not sure who will score the goals.
It’s a great opportunity for both Papiss Cisse and on loan striker Luuk de Jong to step up to the plate and score some goals while Loic is out, but Newcastle are really struggling in front of goal.
This is what Vurnon Anita has said about his Dutch International colleague Luuk de Jong today:
“I think Luuk wants to stay beyond the end of the season, and I hope that happens,” “He is a very good player, and I think he wants to show everyone that.”
“He came in January, and right from the start, he has been doing everything he can to prove himself here at Newcastle. I think he is doing that and I think it would be good for everybody if he could stay past the end of his deal on loan.”
“Luuk is working very hard to keep the ball and link up play,” he said. “That is a very important part of the job that he is being asked to perform, and I think he has been doing it well.
“Unfortunately, the balls haven’t really fallen for him to have a lot of chances, but I am sure they will come before the end of the season and hopefully he will take them. I think he is settling in well. He is working hard, and that is the most important thing.”
De Jong has now appeared 8 times for Newcastle, but in truth he has rarely looked like scoring, although he did have a good shot in the first minute against Everton that was deflected for a corner.
But we cannot see Newcastle giving this lad a permanent deal, unless he bangs the ball into the back of the net and there are only 7 games remaining in the season.
And Alan Pardew may soon have to bring Ben Arfa into the starting line-up, to bolster what is looking like a powder puff attack at the moment.
Newcastle have been giving a lesson into how to miss chances in the last three games, and Vurnon himself missed an absolute sitter after 78 minutes against Everton, although other than that the Dutchman had another good game and worked his socks off for the side.
For the record, Loic Remy on the other hand has scored 13 goals in just 24 appearances this season, and we’d just love to sign the Frenchman to a permanent deal – but he has bigger ambitions than Newcastle can offer.
Well – that’s one way to put it we suppose.
What do you think?
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