Last night saw Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes take another hit as they failed to beat PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. A 2-2 draw leaves them five points behind Inter Milan and eight behind group leaders Barcelona.
The Dutch side snatched a draw courtesy of Dutch international Luuk de Jong. Watching the striker have such an impactful game against Tottenham certainly had fans of Newcastle United scratching their heads.
In January of 2014, Newcastle United signed the Dutch striker to help add to their goals tally for the second half of the season.
De Jong was the man in question. He signed from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. His form with the German side had been poor, not scoring a goal since the preceding April.
His time at Newcastle was just as barren. In 12 games he failed to score a single goal for the club and, in honesty, never even looked likely.
He was bereft of confidence and simply did not look up to scratch at St James’ Park. So, obviously, he has gone on to become a regular scorer since leaving.
After his failed Newcastle stint he headed to PSV, where he has scored 89 goals in 174 appearances, including nine in 14 games this season.
What we would do for the De Jong brothers right now at nufc or even Leon Best
— NorthernJam (@NorthernJam) October 24, 2018
Luuk De Jong (yes him) has scored the equaliser in the Champions League against Spurs to draw 2-2.
The list of talents #NUFC have had who have done far better elsewhere is surely larger than that if any other club…
— _MM_ (@LeafySeaDragon_) October 24, 2018
Luuk de Jong, in the top 5 worst NUFC strikers of the Premier League era and that is a highly competitive field
— DC (@benitez1892) October 24, 2018
Luuk de Jong: 12 Premier League games for NUFC (669 minutes), 0 goals, 1 assist.
Now scoring in the Champions League, albeit against second rate opposition.#PSVTottenham
— Paul Wood (@paul_wood8) October 24, 2018
— Todd Murgatroyd (@todd28289) October 24, 2018
I still have nightmares about Pardew playing Luuk de Jong in midfield #nufc
— Sanjay (@nufcsanjay) October 24, 2018
How the fresh hell is actual Luuk De Jong scoring in the Champions League? Couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo 😵😫 #NUFC
— Emma Thompson (@Jowse) October 24, 2018
Luuk de Jong scoring in the champions league and the toon bottom of the table. What is this @Kris_Newcastle ?
— Pete Woodward (@PeteOfTheNorth) October 24, 2018
De Jong was certainly not great at Newcastle either! (Either of them unfortunately)
— JoeyP1985 (@Joeyp1985) October 24, 2018
Always class seeing ex Newcastle players score in the champions league… Shame Pardew played Luuk De Jong at attacking mid and on the wing
— samzala93 (@samzala93) October 24, 2018