Alan Pardew was asked about on-loam striker Luuk de Jong during yesterday’s press conference for the Southampton game, and the manager said he needs to improve his all around game at Newcastle, but that he was coming off a bad experience in Germany over the last eighteen months, so Newcastle fans need to give the 23 year-old some time and patience.
Luuk de Jong – time and patience
This is what Alan said yesterday about the 7 times capped Dutch International:
“I won’t make a decision until the end of the year’” “I think our fans need to recognize where Luuk is. It’s very difficult for a player who has been at a club and has not been used after a big money move from Holland.”
“He was a big player, a big personality who scored more goals in Holland than Wilfried Bony for example. He goes to Germany and it doesn’t work out, for whatever reason.”
“I’m not blaming the club, but to get him back to where he was is a process and that’s the process he’s going through.” “Our fans need to give him a bit of time and understanding because there is definitely a pedigree there.”
“That’s not my opinion, that’s pedigree proven in Dutch football.” “I have tried to introduce him and give him games where he can regain his confidence. I think he has had some good displays for us but I think there’s more to come.”
“I hope between now and the end of the year that he shows that to our fans. We know at this club that we need strikers and I’m hoping he can tick a box for us between now and the end of the season.”
“I think it’s important his all round game improves from where he is right now. But that will come from confidence and I can see him growing every day here. I know he likes the environment he has found himself in and players flourish when they start enjoying their football.”
“And hopefully he can start doing that again because he has had a tough time in Germany.” “At the end of this period he will have had three-and-a-half months with us and he needs to be pretty close.”
Luuk has now played 8 games for Newcastle, but he hasn’t looked like scoring many times in those games, and we hope that changes tomorrow at Southampton.
Close to three in four fans don’t think Newcastle should sign Luuk, from what they have seen so far from the the striker.
Luuk needs goals, but we suppose Newcastle could always try to get him on a season long loan next season, if he shows enough promise in the last seven games of the season.
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