Luuk De Jong spent half a season on loan at St James’ Park from Borussia Monchengladbach and failed to score in the Premier League but that’s all changed.
Recruited to help give the Magpies more of a threat going forward over the second half of last season, Luuk De Jong was part of the Toon team that endured a campaign to forget from January onwards.
Newcastle won just four times in the Premier League during the Dutchman’s stay, with the forward contributing no goals during that time.
The lowest point came during a 4-0 home defeat against Manchester United, when fans were heard applauding the withdrawal of the misfiring striker on the 61-minute mark.
In truth, however, De Jong’s career had been in the doldrums since moving to Gladbach from Twente in July 2012 for €15 million.
He managed just six Bundesliga goals in 36 outings for the German club but is already on course to surpass that total after moving from Gladbach to his new employers PSV Eindhoven for €5.5 million.
Still only 24, that price tag has proven to be something of a bargain, with De Jong notching up eight goals in 18 games for his new side to date.
Newcastle’s very own Siem De Jong, meanwhile, is continuing to recover from the injury that has seen him miss much of his debut campaign on Tyneside, despite showing some early promise for the Toon at the start of the season.
In the meantime, with PSV top of the table and the other De Jong finding the net with alarming regularity in both the Eredivisie and Europa League, could Newcastle’s failure to gamble on the striker see him become the next John Dahl Tomasson or is he just another Afonso Alves?
Take a look at one of De Jong’s goals for PSV Eindhoven this term (above) and have your say on whether the ex-Toon star is worthy of a call-up.