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Luuk de Jong – Who is Newcastle’s new loanee?

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Tonight, Newcastle United announced the loan signing of Dutch forward Luuk de Jong from Borussia Mönchengladbach until the end of the season, with a view to permanency.

The 23-year-old passed his medical today and joins fellow Oranje internationals Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita at the Premier League outfit. The striker is desperate to make an impression for the Magpies after being frozen out at Mönchengladbach.

De Jong joined the Bundesliga side for a reported €15m two years ago, after notching 45 goals in 86 appearances for FC Twente. Unfortunately, after the lack of chances in the first-team, De Jong has found the net just six times in Germany. De Jong did not fare well under Swiss coach Lucien Favre, who restricted him to cameo appearances this term and froze him out of his first team plans.

De Jong last scored in April 2013 in a 1-0 win against Greuther Furth. Reflecting on his time in Germany, De Jong stated: “The coach did not give me the impression he had faith in me. It has been a time to forget. He just did not talk to me that much.”

In an interview with the club official website, De Jong is now looking forward: “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.”

The Oranje international, who has won seven caps, could make his debut in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby against bitter North-East rivals Sunderland at St. James Park. De Jong will compete with Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi for a place up front, and try to play himself in contention for the Dutch World Cup squad this summer.

WHAT WILL HE BRING TO THE TOON?

The brother of Ajax playmaker Siem de Jong, Luuk started at De Graafschap and rose up through the ranks for the youth squad. He played one season in the first-team and that was enough to persaude FC Twente to snap him up at the start of the 2009/2010 season.

The notoriously composed De Jong has already, at 23, a history of winning titles and has played in pressure-cooker atmospheres such as the Amsterdam ArenA. Winning the Dutch title under Steve McClaren, he experienced some high-octane and shouldn’t be affected by a passionate but potentially overwhelming grounds of the Premier League.

Past history has shown that the Dutchman is pretty calm in the penalty area. If he regains his confidence, you will not see him rush his shot and he does not stress with defenders breathing down his neck.

An undervalued attribute is his ability to finish with both feet. Although the right foot is his strongest, he has scored a lot of goals with his left. His movement is excellent and quick, and even standing at 6ft 2inches tall, he can use his speed to move quickly to pressurize the opposition. He can hold his own in the air so if Newcastle can find some decent deliveries now that Yohan Cabaye has been sold, De Jong will become an aerial threat. With Remy and Cisse, Alan Pardew’s side lack height and presence up front so the arrival of De Jong should take that burden from Shola Ameobi, who has been a bit-part player for Newcastle this season as a target man.

Even though he is tall, do not except him to be the new Duncan Ferguson as he is not the most aggressive forward you’ll see. In the past, Twente’s and Mönchengladbach’s creative players have provided De Jong with clear-cut chances, not created many of his own, so this is where he may struggle and drift out of the game against the most aggressive of Premier League’s defences.

With a loan deal, it is not much of a gamble for Newcastle, the risk all falls on the Luuk de Jong. This is a chance for him to prove himself once again and either cement a permanent deal in the North-East, or once again impress scouts across Europe that had many clubs vying for his signature 18 months ago.

Whether or not he will be a success is yet to be seen, but with his cool attitude in the box and if the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko can create for him, maybe you could see De Jong in the Oranje squad and a black and white shirt for years to come.

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NEWS: Jong Orange Euro Championships squad announced

Jong Oranje coach Cor Pot has selected his final 23 players to take to the Under-21 European Championships in Israel in June, and the squad is a strong one.

In the selection of 23, there are twelve players who have full Dutch international caps. The squad involves Daley Blind, Jordy Clasie, Leroy Fer, Marco van Ginkel, Ola John, Luuk de Jong, Adam Maher, Bruno Martins Indi, Ricardo van Rhijn, Kevin Strootman, Stefan de Vrij and Georginio Wijnaldum. Also included are Tonny Vilhena and Jeroen Zoet, who were in the Dutch squad earlier this season, but was not chosen by coach Louis van Gaal to make an appearance.

Memphis Depay – ready to make his Jong Oranje debut

PSV striker Memphis Depay is also in the 23, the young rookie may make his debut in the friendly match against Australia next week. Goalkeeper Nick Marsman of Go Ahead Eagles has also not played yet for the Under-21 side, but was part of the squad last year against Slovakia.

Pot surprisingly has left defenders Jeffrey Bruma of Hamburg and PSV’s Jetro Willems out of the squad. For Feyenoord’s Kelvin Leerdam, he has not played for some time in the Rotterdam’s club’s first team due to a contract dispute but Pot has shown faith in him to take him to Israel.

Heracles Almelo’s central midfielder Lerin Duarte has been chosen as first reserve if any of the 23 pull out before the tournament.

Jong Oranje have been drawn into the tough Group B against Spain, Germany and Russia, the tournament begins on June 5th.

THE SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS: Marco Bizot (FC Groningen), Nick Marsman (Go Ahead Eagles), Jeroen Zoet (RKC Waalwijk)

DEFENDERS: Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Daley Blind (Ajax), Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Bram Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)

MIDFIELDERS: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (FC Twente), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse), Florian Jozefzoon (RKC Waalwijk), Kelvin Leerdam (Feyenoord), Adam Maher (AZ), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)

STRIKERS: Memphis Depay (PSV), Ola John (Benfica), Luuk de Jong (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jürgen Locadia (PSV)

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NEWS: Jong Oranje provisional squad announced

Jong Oranje coach Cor Pot has announced a strong provisional Netherlands squad for the 2013 UEFA Under-21 European Championships, which begins on 5th of June in Israel.

Pot has selected the below list of 40 players to be reduced to 23 before the start of the tournament.

GOALKEEPERS: Marco Bizot (FC Groningen), Warner Hahn (FC Dordrecht), Nick Marsman (Go Ahead Eagles), Sergio Padt (AA Gent), Jeroen Zoet (RKC Waalwijk)

DEFENDERS: Daley Blind (Ajax), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Mitchell Dijks (Ajax), Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (sc Heerenveen), Kelvin Leerdam (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord), Bram Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Virgil van Dijk (FC Groningen), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV), 

MIDFIELDERS: Leandro Bacuna (FC Groningen), Thomas Bruns (Heracles Almelo), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Lerin Duarte (Heracles Almelo), Leroy Fer (FC Twente), Adam Maher (AZ), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Feyenoord), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse), Ricky van Haaren (VVV-Venlo), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)

FORWARDS: Memphis Depay (PSV), Luuk de Jong (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Danny Hoesen (Ajax), Guus Hupperts (Roda JC), Ola John (Benfica), Florian Jozefzoon (RKC Waalwijk), Jürgen Locadia (PSV), Rajiv van la Parra (sc Heerenveen), Yanic Wildschut (VVV-Venlo), Género Zeefuik (FC Groningen)

The Under-21 coach has selected a very strong squad with the likes of Luuk de Jong, Kevin Strootman, Jordy Clasie, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jetro Willems already been capped at full international level.

De Jong even though has senior experience with the Netherlands, he knows he still has plenty to prove at this summer’s Euros. The Borussia Mönchengladbach striker, who won his first full cap more than two years ago, aged 20, has since gone on to pick up six more. However, he remains part of the Jong Oranje setup and looks set to be part of the squad that Pot takes to Israel. The Dutch face a tough task in Group B against Spain, Germany and Russia.

“Every youth tournament, for every player, is an experience in itself,” De Jong told UEFA.com. “You can learn a lot by playing against your own age group. These are the best players in Europe and that’ll be a great experience. I have played for the senior team as well, which is another step higher, and you learn a lot from that. But here me and some other guys who also played in the senior team already, we all need to show we deserve to be part of this team.

“If you win the tournament … that’s the thing you are hoping for. Perhaps with the qualities we have we might be able to reach that, but you have to adjust as a team first. You have to approach each game in a focused manner and fight for each other all the way – then you might have a chance.”

Coach Cor Pot will leave the Jong Oranje management team after the tournament in June, Albert Stuivenberg, the mastermind of the Dutch Under-17s’ back-to-back European triumphs, will succeed Pot.

The 42-year-old has signed a contract running until the conclusion of the Brazil 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will look to replicate his success with the Under-17 team. Under Stuivenberg, the Netherlands won back-to-back European Under-17 Championships though they failed as double title holders to qualify for this month’s final tournament in Slovakia.

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