Video: Newcastle flop Luuk De Jong scores a perfect hat-trick

The PSV Eindhoven striker is not struggling for goals any more.

In January of last year Newcastle United fluffed the Transfer Window. They sold their best player in Yohan Cabaye to PSG and did not replace him. But they did bring in a striker.

The man in question was loan signing Luuk De Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach, who had not scored a goal since 13th April 2013.

In the end his loan spell came to an end and he failed to score during his time at Newcastle United. He played 12 times for The Toon without managing to find the back of the net.

De Jong, who is the brother of Newcastle injury victim Siem De Jong, was therefore going to struggle to earn a permanent deal to join him at St James' Park.

That being said, his talent was still well known in Holland, especially as he had boasted a scoring record of 32 goals in 50 games during his final season with FC Twente in 2011-12.

So PSV Eindhoven decided to snap him up. The Dutch giants are certainly not regretting taking a chance on the player.

They lead the Eredivisie table with the goals of De Jong a crucial factor in their season. Yesterday he was at it again, scoring his second hat-trick of the season to see off AZ Alkmaar in a 4-2 triumph. It was also a perfect hat-trick; one with the left, one with the right and one off his head.

That takes his tally for the season to 19 from 33 appearances, a far cry from the man who couldn't hit a cows rear end with a banjo last season.

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