Newcastle star has nine games to prove himself worthy of £8m price-tag

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Luuk De Jong joined Newcastle from Borussia Monchengladbach on loan in January, but is yet to score for the Magpies.

Luuk De Jong is reported to want his loan move to Newcastle made permanent come the end of the season, but has a long way to go before proving he's worth the money. 

De Jong scored 48 goals for FC Twente between 2010 and 2012, joining Monchengladbach in 2012 and scoring eight goals in 22 appearances before picking up an injury after colliding with Joey Barton against Marseille. 

De Jong didn't score in 13 appearances for his parent club this season and is yet to score for Newcastle. The Toon are in desperate need of a talisman with Loic Remy sidelined for a month and Papiss Cisse having a season to forget. 

Monchengladbach are reported to want £8 million for the Dutch striker, but is he worth that amount of money? The blame for his lack of goals can't fall on his shoulders alone, as a striker always needs service and with Yohan Cabaye having left for Paris in January any kind of creative spark has been missing in 2014. 

Newcastle have only managed to score more than one goal in a game once since De Jong's arrival, in that controversial match against Hull. The Dutchman did put in a good performance in that game however, sitting behind Remy and helping out in midfield as much as any other player. But saying that De Jong has not scored a goal since he netted for the Dutch under-21s in June last year - certainly not an enviable record.

In fact, Newcastle have failed to score in any game that Remy hasn't featured in making it all the more important De Jong can find some form before the end of the season. He's started four league games since joining and made two appearances from the bench, but feels his goal is coming: "It is always getting closer, I want to score goals like every player."

A number of clubs are reported to be interested in signing Loic Remy, currently on loan from QPR, and the star has admitted he wants to play at a bigger club: "Nowadays, without being pretentious, I might be able to play for a bigger club, a top-five European club.

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"I do not know... Yes, I will be part of the European top five, or I will be part of a very large club. I'm sure of what I can do. I can still be much better."

Newcastle host Palace on Saturday, and a Tony Pulis side is never easy to break down. Nevertheless, if De Jong is serious about wanting to stay on at Newcastle after his loan spell ends he needs to start putting in the performances that will warrant a permanent transfer – and has nine games left to do so. 

Do you think De Jong is worth the £8 million price tag?

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