The Sunday Sun claims that Newcastle are eyeing up FC Twente striker Luuk De Jong as they continue to add names to their “January striker hitlist”.
They claim that Modibo Maiga is still the clubs no.1 target but they’re eyeing up alternatives in case that deal hits a snag, which it probably will after the problems between the two clubs in the Summer transfer window.
I’m not doubting anyone’s football knowledge here, but Luuk De Jong is hardly a household name so most may not have heard of him, so I’ll give him a little overview, with help from my online friend Wikipedia.
I’ve had a little look around the internet and I THINK that Luuk is no way related to Nigel “I can’t make a tackle without giving away a foul” De Jong.
Luuk De Jong is a Swiss born centre forward currently playing for FC Twente and the Netherlands. That’s possible because at the age of 4 he moved to Holland. Luuk has represented the Netherlands at Under 19, Under 21 and senior level. He has three caps for the senior team scoring 1 goal.
Luuk turned 21 this August, so he’s definitely in the age group of players that the current regime wishes to sign. For a 21 year old Luuk has certainly had a very good start to his career, which is why I think a lot of clubs will be after him.
His career began at De Graafschap and although unspectacular he scored 2 goals in 14 games, most of them substitute appearances but showed a lot of promise at a very young age. Luuk’s second goal for the club was an overhead kick, a couple of games later he got injured and De Graafschap got relegated.
Luuk then signed a 3 year deal with an option of a 4th year for FC Twente in July 2009. That is where his career really got going. Luuk has scored 22 goals in 51 games to date for FC Twente and he was the top goalscorer and assist provider for FC Twente in the 2010-2011 season.
He stands at 6 foot 2 inches tall which would stand him in good stead if he was to come to the Premier League, as he’s got a bit of presence about him.
Something which sprung out to me about his move to FC Twente is the contract length, I’ve had a look around and I can’t see that he’s extended it but I may be wrong. If he hasn’t that means his contract could potentially run out this summer if he doesn’t take the option of an extra year, meaning he could move on the cheap.
We’ve also got the added pull of his ex-team mate Cheik Tiote who he played with for a year and his international team mate Tim Krul. Possibly they could have a little word in the lads ear and direct him the right way, a bit like Ben Arfa did to the French players.
Anyway I’m certainly no expert on him but I’ve had a look around and done my best. Now it’s time for the obligatory Youtube video, sit back, relax and act like Dennis Wise.
Would you take Luuk?