Former Newcastle United striker Luuk de Jong has defended his unsuccessful loan spell at the club via the Chronicle.
De Jong spent a brief spell on loan at the Magpies during his time at Borussia Monchengladbach but he failed to hit the back of the net in 12 appearances for the club.
It was a spell that saw him heavily criticised, but now at PSV Eindhoven at Holland, he has offered up an explanation for his performances.
“I worked very hard for the team, but offensive midfielder is not my natural position,” said de Jong.
“I’m a striker, and my qualities are fit for that position, but of course I still always gave 100% every day.”
The 24-year-old’s record at PSV this season where he has been playing as a central striker certainly suggests he’s got a point; 14 goals and six assists in the Eredivisie so far this season.
Newcastle have moved on and so has de Jong, but he clearly feels he was misused by former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. Pardew tried something but unfortunately it just didn’t work out.
Fortunately for the Magpies, the progression and development of Remy Cabella under John Carver means they now have a natural option in the number ten role.
There shouldn’t be any need to play a striker out of position unless there is another plague of injuries affecting the St James’ Park club.