Luuk De Jong – ‘Come And Get Me’
On the player’s behalf, and I’m guessing with the club’s blessing, agent Louis Laros revealed the following yesterday
“Luuk has taken the decision to move on, he wants to develop as a player in a bigger league.
The important thing for us is the development of Luuk. Not the money but the way of playing and the amount of playing time he will get will be decisive.
Luuk scored 25 goals in the Dutch league last season, how many more does he need to score? 35?
Luuk is still a Twente player but if the right club comes along then he will happily make the move.
The club doesn’t need to be a top club but a good club in a big league where Luuk can play regularly and develop as a player”.
Borussia Mönchengladbach appear to be one of the clubs definitely interested but claims that they’d completed a deal already were quickly dismissed, though it is still claimed that they were prepared to meet the Dutch club’s valuation.
This smoke and mirrors transfer activity can be a bit draining after a while but I have to say I’m finding it quite entertaining, particularly compared to the usual non-stop pain of speculation on where our best players might be heading off to.
It is hard to get away from De Jong’s agent’s words and the fact they couldn’t sum up Newcastle’s current position better….a good club but not necessarily a top club (at the minute), a bigger league, amount of playing time….?
It is quite reminiscent of Cabaye’s move to Newcastle, when he gave up guaranteed Champions League football with Lille or a host of other clubs who would have snapped him up, because he loved the look of Newcastle and fifty thousand people watching matches, plus seeing St.James’ park as a place he could develop his career.
Two big things in United’s favour are firstly the fact that Tiote, Cisse and Cabaye have made Newcastle look an attractive proposition in terms of stepping up from the likes of the Dutch and German leagues and not only improving their pay packets but also their performances on the pitch at a higher level.
Secondly, I would say that whilst Newcastle didn’t quite make the Champions League, the fifth spot has almost certainly been just enough to buy Newcastle a ticket to compete for a certain type of player who wouldn’t have looked at us twice if we’d finished mid-table.
The jigsaw will hopefully become a bit clearer in the next few days and while Newcastle will have to be prepared to meet Twente’s asking price, the future of Demba Ba could be intrinsically linked to any possible deal for De Jong.
Though a front four of Cisse, Ben Arfa, Ba and De Jong is a mouthwatering prospect…
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