Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash between PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur may not have held much interest for Newcastle United fans.
However, for anyone watching on they would’ve seen a somewhat familiar face in the shape of Dutchman Luuk de Jong. The 28-year-old has a half-season spell with the club back in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign and he made 12 appearances in total for us, without finding the back of the net as he made the loan switch from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Having been as useful as a chocolate teapot during his spell with us on a goal front, although plenty provide him with a defence for his form, he has predictably gone on to score 89 times for PSV in 174 showings, including nine in 14 matches so far in 2018/19 from a quick scout around the interweb.
Last night he grabbed their late leveller in the game to effectively end Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of qualifying through from the Group Stages.
What we would do for the De Jong brothers right now at nufc or even Leon Best
— NorthernJam (@NorthernJam) October 24, 2018
Facundo Ferreyra played for Benfica last night too and Seydou Doumbia probably will for Sporting tomorrow haha
— Mr Michael (@MichaelMidd90) 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
I still have nightmares about Pardew playing Luuk de Jong in midfield #nufc
— Sanjay (@nufcsanjay) October 24, 2018
He'd been pardewed
— tony Carr (@tonycarr73) 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
— Todd Murgatroyd (@todd28289) October 24, 2018
As the above comments imply, his goal saw a mix of surprise and ‘typical’ reactions on social media from fans.