Luuk De Jong to Newcastle United: The Magpies Acquire Dutch Star on Loan

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

Fussball, Europa League, Gruppenphase, Gruppe C, 2. Spieltag, Borussia Moenchengladbach -  Fenerbahce Istanbul, Donnerstag (04.10.12), Borussia Park, Moenchengladbach: Moenchengladbachs Luuk de Jong jubelt nach seinem Treffer zum 1:0. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Juergen Schwarz/dapd
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After seeing midfielder Yohan Cabaye join Paris Saint-Germain on a transfer, via BBC Sport, Newcastle have remained busy, bringing aboard Netherlands International and Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk de Jong on loan.   

The club's official website confirmed the move Wednesday, Jan. 29:

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong. The 23-year-old arrives at St. James' Park from Borussia Monchengladbach on loan to the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent.

De Jong will wear the Magpies' number 18 shirt and is eligible to make his debut in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.

De Jong had the following comments as well:

Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it. I am very impressed with the stadium and training ground and have been made to feel very welcome by everyone I have met. 

It has been a tough season for me so far but I am here to play games and want to be important for the team, and successful with goals and assists. I am really looking forward to playing for Newcastle.

A tough season, indeed. De Jong has not started a Bundesliga game for Borussia Monchengladbach, though he has made 13 appearances as a substitute. He has failed to score a goal or register an assist, and has given him a poor average match rating of 6.09.

With Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi all available to the Magpies, playing time is not guaranteed for De Jong, though of that bunch only Remy (11 goals, two assists) has provided a regular threat.

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With a spot in Europe next season unlikely but still possible—Newcastle are in eighth place with 37 points, six points behind Tottenham in fifth—the Magpies seemingly are looking to make a push up the table. They are also rumoured to be in the running for Lyon's young attacking midfielder Clement Grenier, according to Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports.

But what does De Jong bring to table?

A two-footed striker (though he prefers his right), the former FC Twente star is dangerous in the box and is proficient if not deadly in the air, making him a versatile finisher.

If provided with plenty of service he will make an opposing defense play, as he did in the 2011-12 season, when he scored 25 goals in 24 Eredivisie matches. 

The Magpies will be hoping he can rediscover that form and lead them to a place in Europe.


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