Newcastle United’s De Jong eager to move on from derby disaster

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LUUK de Jong admits he must quickly get himself up to speed – and on the scoresheet – if he is to earn himself a permanent move to Newcastle United.

The on-loan striker made his debut in the club’s 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday.

De Jong, United’s only transfer-window acquisition, came off the bench for the second half at St James’s Park.

However, the 23-year-old (pictured) understandably lacked sharpness in front of goal, having been on the fringes at Borussia Monchengladbach in the first half of the campaign.

And the challenge for the Holland international is to quickly rediscover the form which led to his big-money move to the Bundesliga from Dutch club FC Twente 18 months ago.

“I’m really happy to be here,” de Jong said. “Hopefully, I’ll play for the club for a long time, and in the summer I can stay.

“That’s my goal, of course. We’ll see what happens.”

De Jong, a long-standing target for Newcastle, is now focused on Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

United manager Alan Pardew is looking to arrange a full-scale practice match this week for the benefit of de Jong, who is confident he can adjust to the demands of the Premier League in time to make a significant.

“As a striker, it’s disappointing when you don’t score,” said de Jong. “When I get more matches, and get a good feeling, I’m sure my goals will come.”

The derby defeat left Newcastle’s fans demoralised.

“Everybody told me how big it was,” he said. “The atmosphere before the game was so huge, and that makes it even more disappointing to lose the game. It’s just so frustrating.

“Before the game we talked to each other about how important this is.

“When I watched the game against Norwich (which ended 0-0), I thought we played really good.

“It was disappointing and frustrating. It was such a big game. We wanted to win it badly.”