Time Running Out For This Newcastle Striker

Don’t get us wrong – we would love for Luuk de Jong to be a huge success at Newcastle, but with 10 appearances for Newcastle and no goals so far, and never really looking like he will score, time must be running out for the Dutch International striker.

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Luuk de Jong – no goals yet for Newcastle

We’re sure a lot of Luuk’s lack of form is due to confidence, which is always important for strikers, and it didn’t help that he made only short substitute appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this season, and in 14 appearances at the German club, before he arrived on loan in January – he also failed to score.

And manager Alan Pardew has given him quite a few starts at Newcastle, to allow him to earn a permanent deal in the summer.

Luuk de Jong has spoken to the Shields Gazette today:

“I just want to improve my game every game,. “That’s why I love being here. I hope to be important for the team, and after this season, I hope to stay.”

“I like  English football – it’s more physical than Germany and Holland.” “It’s how I like to play. There are a lot of aerial duels.”  “For me, of course it’s nice to have Dutch players in the team to communicate with.”  

“But I don’t see the team as groups. We are all together. That’s how I see it.” “We have to just keep going, and try to win the next game.”

Newcastle certainly have to keep going and a win on Saturday at Stoke is exactly what the fans want to see.

And the Newcastle supporters at the moment are not happy with losing four of the last five games, and scoring only one goal and conceding twelve over those five games – that’s simply a terrible record.

There’s nothing like a win to raise the spirits on Tyneside, and we’d just love to see Luuk get a couple of goals on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium,  and help Newcastle to get what would be only our fifth win in the last 16 league games. 🙁

The opportunity is there for the 23 year-old 7 times capped Dutch International, who scored 59 goals in 119 appearances for FC Twente, before moving to Germany in the summer of 2012.

But there are also only five games left in the season.

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10 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Damn, I voted for a draw and way in the minority lol. Cant see us winning, but was hopefull that as Pardew was back in the frame, the defence would somehow develop a cohesion that would prevent us being shafted, yet again!!
    Ah well, we can but hope lol

  • toon22

    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Our defense has “benefited” from 3 solid years of AP coaching.He coaches defense himself,he actually admitted it.
    Imho we usually look like the keystone cops.

    Kinda feel sorry for De Jong,Messi wouldnt score in out team atm.

  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    we’ll not win another game thbroughton, maybe sneak one when Remy is fit.
    our flops don’t even want to play at the moment it’s plain to see.

    As for Luuk what the f he was brought in for I’ll never know, we desperately needed a goalscorer so what did MA do? Fetch a flop in who couldn’t get a game.

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    He looks like a striker, talks like a striker, but a shadow of what Nile Ranger has on offer.

    Maybe Ranger was the first to call AP’s bluff and got shipped out. But AP has not changed his stripes and you can’t toss away everyone – especially those lads that play for their country, so you say they are “injured”.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Apr 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    He is top class striker.The best passer of all our strikers.Excellent leg passes and head passes(that is a gift that is rare in the football world-good head passing).BUT he must be paired with speedy striker because someone must to score goals,right.If Newcastle loses this striker it will be a massive blow.Keep Remy and next season will be incredible but without Pardew Alan.You have a lot of speedy strikers but this type of striker is rare.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Apr 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Last striker we got from Holland.A certain Rob Mcdonald played 10 scored 1 was also a flop.Reminded me of Luuk what’s wrong..At least Mcdonald scored….Send him packing…To lightweight and nothing to offer.

  • toonicle

    Apr 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Too bad Sissoko stole that open net goal from De Jong, could have gotten his first and built up some confidence.

  • Magpies4Life

    Apr 10, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #8

    The guy talks like he wants to succeed here. A goal will do him much good. He deserves a shot, anyone with potential, the right attitude and works hard does. De Jong has all three.


    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Wandering Geordie, what about Patrick Kluivert?

  • Blofal

    Apr 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #10

    He is being played as a CF and has been instructed to drift back into the midfield and help out.

    It’s another case of Pardew requiring a player to do a job rather than formulating a game plan that works to the strengths of his players.

    Technically LDJ looks quite good. And physically he is holding his own. I think we should use his lack of form to drive down his price and keep him. Lionel Messi couldn’t score goals in our team at the moment.

    With a couple of creative midfielders I think both he and Cisse would start scoring again.


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