Luuk de Jong came on loan at Newcastle two years ago when he was having a tough time of it at Borussia Monchengladbach where he was getting much playing time.
But Luuk didn’t do well at all and in 12 appearances for us didn’t score – and didn’t look like scoring for us, but since then he has said he was played out of position at Newcastle.
Well – it was worth a shot as an excuse – excuse the pun.
Luuk de Jong – while at Newcastle
It looked like Luuk had difficulty handling the physical nature of the Premier League and at that time the Newcastle plan was to bring both Luuk and his brother Siem in that summer.
But we didn’t bother bringing in Luuk but did sign Siem for £6M from Ajax and it was through to be an excellent buy for us.
But Siem hasn’t come through at all and of course last season was a terrible one for him with all those injuries.
But Siem is fit again after that terrible eye injury he suffered in training – and hopefully he can play well for us and help Newcastle survive relegation.
His bother Luuk is backing him and this is what Luuk told the BBC World Service:
“Siem’s had some injuries and for him it’s not been so good at Newcastle but now he’s fit again,” “Siem wants to prove himself also for the team and to show his qualities.”
“He wants to have the chance to show his qualities.” “He’s always a professional guy who will always put the team and won’t think only about himself.”
“If he gets the chance then hopefully he can show the manager that he has to play more often, of course.”
Siem has only played 22 times for Newcastle with two goals since signing for us in the summer of 2014.
As often happens when strikers fail in England his bother Luuk has his career right back on track and he signed on for PSV in the summer of 2014 and since then he’s scored 49 goal;s in just 77 appearance including 23 in 32 games this season.
He helped PSV and then captain Gini Wijnaldum win the Eredevisie last season.
And we dare say if he hadn’t come on loan to Newcastle two years ago we would be interested in signing him now.
He’s always been a favorite of Graham Carr – our Chief Scout.