ALAN Pardew is hoping new boy Luuk de Jong can spur his side back to form.
The striker – who joined Newcastle United on loan after a difficult 18 month-spell at Borussia Monchengladbach – will lead the line at St James’s Park on Wednesday night when Tottenham are the visitors.
De Jong made his full debut for his new club in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But the 23-year-old found opportunities hard to come by on an afternoon on which Eden Hazard’s exceptional talent came to the fore.
Newcastle haven’t scored in 270 minutes. But Pardew, who will again be without suspended leading scorer Loic Remy, feels de Jong can trouble Tottenham.
“That’s what we need, goals,” Pardew admitted. “Luuk didn’t get many chances. If he gets a few more chances on Wednesday night, hopefully he’ll prove he’s a good finisher.
“We do need goals from other areas,” he added. “We had big chances that we should have taken.”
De Jong was fielded as a lone striker at Stamford Bridge, and Pardew felt he played well on his own.
“I’ve seen many players – Demba Ba, Shola (Ameobi), Loic and Papiss (Cisse) – do that role on their own, and Luuk did it as well as any of them,” he said. “I’m very pleased with him.”
Shots from Hazard and Frank Lampard peppered Tim Krul’s goal early on, but the visitors had chances, too, and Sissoko shot over and Hatem Ben Arfa fired at Petr Cech.
The first goal came when Hazard roamed infield before spreading the ball wide to rampaging right-back Branislav Ivanovic, who played a return pass which Hazard swept into the bottom corner.
Newcastle had a chance to equalise when Sissoko breached the Chelsea rearguard, but a heavy first touch denied the Magpies midfielder a shot on goal.
The missed opportunity proved all the more costly when Chelsea broke quickly and to devastating effect.
Willian found the overlapping Hazard, who cut in and on to his favoured right foot before slipping a pass to Eto’o.
Eto’o had his back to goal but improvised to return the pass with a neat backheel which allowed Hazard to pass the ball into the far corner without breaking stride.
De Jong had a header at the back post from Sissoko’s cross saved by Cech before Hazard shot over as he tried to claim his first Chelsea hat-trick.
Luiz’s long ball forward early in the second half flummoxed Krul, who slipped outside his area and was relieved to see the ball outrun Oscar and go out.
Mike Williamson did enough to put off Eto’o as the striker met Ivanovic’s cross before Hazard was felled by Yanga-Mbiwa wide on Chelsea’s left.
The substitute was booked and Lampard’s free-kick was palmed over by Krul, with Chelsea’s third coming from the resulting corner. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa rugby tackled Eto’o at the back post and referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot. Hazard sent Krul the wrong way to complete his hat-trick.
Mourinho introduced Demba Ba against his former side and Mohamed Salah came on for his debut before Hazard made way for Andre Schurrle to a rousing ovation.
Salah shot wide and then was denied by Krul and Newcastle substitute Sylvain Marveaux fluffed a late chance.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Matic, Lampard, Willian (Salah 78), Oscar, Hazard (Schurrle 85), Eto’o (Ba 71). Subs not used: Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Schwarzer. Goals: Hazard 27, 34, 63 pen.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa 41), Williamson, Steven Taylor, Dummett, Anita (Marveaux 84), Santon, Ben Arfa (Gosling 64), Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi, De Jong. Subs not used: Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong. Booked: Sammy Ameobi, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko.
Att: 41,387. Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).