It all sounds a bit of a joke, that Newcastle took striker Luuk de Jong on loan and Alan Pardew played him in midfield where he didn’t even have a shot, never mind get a goal…
Then he goes on to score 58 goals in 89 games over the course of the last two seasons, whilst Newcastle buy his brother for twice as much money (as PSV pay for Luuk) and he ends up not even to be good enough to get in a shocking Newcastle team.
Now Luuk de Jong, after winning Dutch league titles in consecutive years, says that his experience in Germany and at Newcastle (second half of 2013/14 season) won’t put him off pursuing his dream of testing himself in the best leagues, in the future.
After a season riddled by injuries at Ajax, Newcastle bought Siem de Jong two years ago and in that time has never looked anywhere near able to cope with the Premier League, making only four Premier League starts and completing only one full PL 90 minutes in that time.
Whilst clearly Luuk de Jong will find it easier in Holland than in England, he has captained PSV to the league title and led his club on a Champions League adventure as well into the knockout stages.
Plus the Dutch striker has also forced his way back into the national squad.
Luuk de Jong interviewed by Voetbal International in Holland:
“It was the most difficult period in my career (playing in Germany and at Newcastle) but I have come out of it stronger.
“With PSV I found the ideal stage to pick up the thread again and it has worked quite nice for me.
“I realise where I am and I’m contracted until mid-2019 but I am also an athlete who wants to reach the top.
“My experiences at Gladbach and Newcastle are certainly not a barrier. Some day I will definitely go for a foreign adventure but that is separate from PSV .
“What a great ending. This climax I’ll never forget. We’re champions. We’re the best in the Netherlands. Delicious!”