After capturing the signature of Siem de Jong, there seems to be an obvious choice for another summer signing at Newcastle United.

That would be Siem’s brother Luuk, who spent the last six months of last season at St James’ Park but was unable to find his best form and never scored a goal for Newcastle.

Most would be sceptical if Luuk’s name was linked with the Magpies again and would be quick to cite his lack of goals and failure to find his best form while on loan from Borussia Moenchengladbach last season.

However, there were two key problems with Luuk’s spell on Tyneside last year: his position and his confidence.

When the 23-year-old arrived at Newcastle, Loic Remy was in fine form and had the centre forward position to himself. Realistically, Alan Pardew was never going to drop the Frenchmen or change his role while he helped himself to 14 Premier League goals.

That was a problem for de Jong. 6’3” tall and not the quickest across the ground, the number 10 position Pardew deployed de Jong in was never going to get the best out of him.

What it did get though was work rate. De Jong was often instructed to keep tabs on the opposition’s deep lying midfielders and stop them playing, something he did excellently in the away game at Hull, where he marked Tom Huddlestone.

With the ball at his feet, de Jong also struggled to link up the play well enough to feed the likes of Remy and Yoan Gouffran. This, in my opinion, was through no fault of his own as he has spent his entire career as an out and out striker – and scored plenty of goals along the way.

Luuk once had a reputation as one of Holland’s brightest young strikers but now finds himself without a goal since April 2013, thanks to a disastrous spell at Moenchengladbach – which he is still stuck in.

However, that could change if he is brought back to Newcastle on a permanent basis. With Remy now gone and unlikely to return, the centre forward position is up for grabs and Siem de Jong is set to take the number 10 role that frustrated Luuk in the second half of last season.

Playing up top on his own is where Luuk needs to be and with his brother sitting behind him and supplying him with the ammunition needed, Newcastle could have a serious attacking pairing going into the new season.

The money Moenchengladbach want for Luuk could still be a sticking point though, as the German side are looking to get close to £8m for the former FC Twente man.

But the player remains keen to make his move to Newcastle permanent and even threw in plenty of good words to Siem when he was mulling over his move to Tyneside from Ajax.

Of course it would be a gamble to spend that much money on a striker who hasn’t scored in over a year but I think it would work brilliantly if he was played in his strongest position and had the bonus of his brother behind him.

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  1. Simon Barker

    I agree, you don't become a bad player over night and the squad whille he was with us wasn't really full of confidence so how was that supose to help him. He may be worth the money but i would try and knock the price down a little more.


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