The Netherlands 5 – Newcastle’s Five Dutch Flops
Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly in talks with the club, and Bas Dost has also been linked, with new boss Steve McClaren looks to reshape the squad, with signings of that calibre likely to see Newcastle’s price shorten in the Premier League betting.
Big things will certainly be expected of Wijnaldum, if he completes a move, due to the size of the transfer fee, but it hasn’t exactly been plain sailing for his compatriots at St James’ Park in the past.
Here are five Dutch footballers who didn’t have the desired impact for Newcastle:
LUUK DE JONG
A striker who McClaren worked with at FC Twente during the 2009/10 season, De Jong had an excellent record during his time in the Eredivisie. He joined Newcastle on loan for the second half of the 2013/14 season from Borussia Monchengladbach. But he failed to score in 12 Premier League appearances and showed nothing to warrant a permanent move. He subsequently returned to Holland with PSV Eindhoven and found the Eredivisie waters much more to his liking again as he rediscovered his scoring touch.
SIEM DE JONG
Luuk’s elder brother did secure a permanent move to Newcastle as he signed a six-year contract last summer to arrive from Ajax for a fee of £6million. It’s probably too soon to write him off given the injury troubles he experienced last season. The forward made three appearances in August before suffering a thigh injury and then a collapsed lung before he made his comeback by scoring as a substitute in the 3-2 home defeat by Swansea in April. He only made one further appearance in the forgettable 3-0 defeat at Leicester. He has the talent, but he just needs to stay fit.
An £800,000 signing from NAC Breda by Ruud Gullit in 1999, the goalkeeper made just three appearances for Newcastle before eventually leaving the club four years later. He was dropped after a 4-2 defeat at Southampton and a 3-3 draw at home with Wimbledon. His only other appearance came in a 0-0 draw at Arsenal. Moves to Turkey and Feyenoord later fell through as Karelse was unable to recover from his first two performances for the club.
It’s fair to say Kluivert had his pick of clubs when he left Barcelona in 2004 and there was a palpable sense of excitement when he plumped for Newcastle. But a return of six goals in 25 Premier League appearances wasn’t what was expected from such a proven striker. He did at least help Newcastle through to the FA Cup semi-finals by scoring the only goals against Chelsea and Tottenham in the previous two rounds. He also scored twice in both games against Bnei Sakhnin in the Uefa Cup. He left after just one season for Valencia and his departure wasn’t exactly mourned.
It’s perhaps a little unfair to include Pinas given he never actually played a senior game for Newcastle, but someone must have thought he had the potential to do so when he was signed from Feyenoord after impressing in a youth tournament. Unfortunately the potential never translated into anything more substantial and he eventually rejoined Feyenoord.
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