Newcaslte United’s latest loanee, Luuk de Jong, is hoping to make his six-month deal a permanent one.
The striker, on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, expressed his happiness to be on Tyneside, but knows he must get amongst the goals to have any chance of increasing his stay.
“I’m really happy to be here playing for such a great club,” de Jong told the Shields Gazette. “Hopefully, I’ll play for the club for a long time, and in the summer I can stay.”
The Dutch international is yet to score this season after only making 13 appearances for Monchengladbach, all from the substitute’s bench.
He continued: “I’m happy to play again. Hopefully, we’ll go on, and my goals will come. I’ll have to keep on working. As a striker, it’s disappointing when you don’t score.”
De Jong moved to Germany from FC Twente after scoring 39 goals in 76 league games for the Dutch outfit, 25 of which came in the 2011-12 season, earning him his move to the Bundesliga.
But after only scoring six goals last season, he has been a constant figure on the Gladbach bench this year.
The 23-year old made his debut from the bench in Newcastle’s 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland, admitting he was left ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ by the result.
He added: “Everybody told me how big it was, the atmosphere before the game was so huge, and that makes it even more disappointing to lose the game. It’s just so frustrating.”
De Jong will hope to get his first Newcastle goal at Stamford Bridge this weekend, as the Magpies travel to in-form Chelsea, who will be upbeat after beating Manchester City and ending their 100% home record.
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