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.
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.