Newcastle United let the wrong one in…
The story of Luuk de Jong and Siem de Jong is like a black comedy as far as Newcastle United are concerned.
Newcastle took centre-forward Luuk de Jong on loan in January 2014 and Alan Pardew instead of playing him in his usual role at the top of the pitch, had him out of position (there’s a surprise) in a withdrawn role, almost an additional midfielder.
He scored no goals in 12 appearances for Newcastle.
The summer of 2104 saw United turn down the chance to sign Luuk de Jong permanently and he instead returned to Holland and signed for PSV for £4m – remember, this is the window when United signed Emmanuel (one PL goal so far..) Riviere for £6m.
Last season Luuk de Jong won the Dutch title alongside his captain Gini Wijnaldum.
This campaign it is Luuk de Jong who is PSV captain and he has led them to the top of the table in Holland again, one point clear of Ajax and 19 ahead of the third placed club.
Scoring 49 goals in 78 matches since he signed 18 months ago, he has also captained his team to the brink of the last eight in the Champions League. PSV drew 0-0 last night with 10 men after a sending off in the 68th minute, Luuk de Jong missing this first leg against Atletico Madrid because of suspension.
So through gross mismanagement from Newcastle United, they passed on a player who clearly has real talent and who was hampered by the poor coaching/management that is ongoing at the club.
Then, you just couldn’t make it up…as they are turning down the chance to sign Luuk de Jong for £4m, in the same window they decide to spend £8m on his brother Siem de Jong, who has been suffering a whole catalogue of illnesses and injuries.
Whilst Luuk has been scoring 49 goals in 78 games, including in the Champions League, in his 18 months at Newcastle, Siem de Jong has made just four Premier League starts and scored a single goal in the league.
Newcastle desperate for a goalscorer and a captain, could they have got both for only £4m?
Sad thing is, Siem de Jong, just like his brother, appears to have all the characteristics necessary to be a very good captain (as he was at Ajax), apart from the most important one of being able to get out on the pitch and play at the level necessary in the Premier League.
You hope against hope that Siem can pull through and prove himself but on everything we have seen so far, he just looks like he will never get up to speed…whether that is through the various injuries or not, it would be great if he could prove me and many others wrong.
Luuk de Jong has been showing some brotherly love/support for Siem when he talked to the BBC World Service:
“Siem has had some injuries and for him it has been not so good at Newcastle – but now he is fit again Siem wants to prove himself to the team and show his qualities.
“He wants to have the chance to show his qualities – he is always a professional guy who will always put the team first and won’t think only of himself.
“If he gets the chance then hopefully he can show the manager that he has to play more often.”
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