LUUK De Jong feels his strike partnership with Loic Remy is already starting to gel – with the pair ready to fire Newcastle United to victory at Hull on Saturday, writes DANIEL PRINCE.
The duo linked up well on Sunday after De Jong was brought on as a 72nd-minute substitute against Aston Villa.
Remy scored the winner two minutes into stoppage time as Newcastle secured a much-needed 1-0 victory, with De Jong’s deflected shot setting him up.
The Frenchman had earlier hit the post after an excellent cut-back from his fellow on-loan striker, who has made four appearances for United since joining in January.
Papiss Demba Cisse was selected ahead of De Jong against Villa, but the Dutchman impressed after being introduced and helped to change the game in Newcastle’s favour.
It was the first time De Jong had the chance to play alongside Remy, with the on-loan Queens Park Rangers man having served a three-match suspension.
However, the 23-year-old was encouraged by the early signs.
De Jong said: “You always want to play from the first minute, but when you come on you just work hard for the team and do your job.
“It was just 20 minutes, but I am a striker who likes to make combinations.
“Loic was on the left side when I came on and when he comes inside, he looks at where players are moving and I always want to move.
“I made a combination with him and it worked a little bit, but it was only 20 minutes and we’ll hopefully play more together soon.”
De Jong had started the defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham before being dropped to the bench by Alan Pardew for the Villa game.
His impact in the match looks to have given him a great chance of starting against Hull on Saturday, when the emerging partnership with Remy could again by vital to Newcastle’s fortunes.
Hull have a potent strike partnership of their own, with Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic both making a huge impact since joining in January.
De Jong has been impressed with Hull’s recent form, and is determined to start the game at the KC Stadium.
He added: “I always want to start games.
“I just need to work hard again in training and show the manager that I have to play.
“When I’m on the bench and I come on, I work hard for the team.
“Hull are doing quite well so it’s going to be tough. Every game in the Premier League is hard.
“It will be a difficult game and we hope to win there, of course.”