We’re pretty sure that the plan in January for Newcastle was to sign both the de Jong brothers this summer, and since the brothers are said to be very close it would seem to have been a decent enough plan.
Luuk de Jong – while on loan at Newcastle
But unfortunately Luuk just didn’t show through enough in his loan spell at Newcastle, but we suppose there could still be a chance to give Luuk more time and bring him in on a season-long loan deal, even though that seems unlikely at the moment.
The brothers have the same agent in Louis Laros and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:
“Luuk’s very happy for Siem – he gave him good advice. The two brothers are not twins but they are very, very close.” “It could be an option for them to play together for Newcastle because the two boys are very complimentary to each other.”
“Luuk is a striker and Siem plays behind him so it could be the perfect match.” “There’s nothing happening at the moment but you never know in the future.”
“At the moment, Luuk is back in Germany, because Newcastle didn’t take up the option to sign him.” “Newcastle are still looking for strikers, though, and maybe will come back later in the window for him.”
“The door is never closed.” “The option was too high for the moment, but they could come back later in the transfer window.” “We aren’t counting on that, though, because we have to go further with other options.”
“We’re looking for other possibilities, and there is interest from some other clubs.” “Luuk liked the competition and the level, and knows he can compete at that level.” “He loved the fans, the club and the city, and enjoyed his time there.”
“He was very happy at Newcastle and the club was happy with him.” “It didn’t quite work out – it was difficult. He came into a team that was struggling and had sold Cabaye.”
“He came as a striker but never played as a striker. He played most of the time as a number 10 and he did all the jobs for the team but for himself, he couldn’t show off his skills.”
“But he was very happy with the chance he got and you never know for later.” “It’s now important for Luuk to play regularly at a team, every game. There’s a lot of teams interested in him.”
“For him, it was too bad that it didn’t go that well, but he hopes he can do well in the coming season and come back one day and show his true potential.”
Those are good words from the agent, and basically it’s a pitch to Newcastle about the sense it would make to have Luuk at Newcastle playing alongside his brother, and certainly it would be a great incentive for Luuk if he did come back for another loan spell at the Tyneside club.
And it was a very difficult time for Luuk to come into the side after Cabaye had left – and nearly all our players were off form for the last four months of the season – and Luuk was no different – and that’s why we lost so many games.
Maybe Luuk could be given another chance on Tyneside – but it will probably depend on whether we can get our top striker targets through the door before September rolls around.
Certainly the brothers seems like two great guys, and don’t be surprised if Siem becomes the Newcastle captain in a couple of years time when Colo leaves.
What do you think?