ALAN Pardew has warned Tottenham Hotspur to under-estimate Luuk de Jong at their peril.
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.
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.
Worryingly, Newcastle haven’t scored in 270 minutes.
But Pardew - who will again be without suspended leading scorer Loic Remy - feels de Jong, having got 90 minutes under his belt against Chelsea, can trouble Tottenham.
“That’s what we need, goals,” Pardew said.
“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.”
United’s best chance fell to Moussa Sissoko, who was played in by makeshift defensive midfielder Davide Santon.
But goalkeeper Petr Cech was equal to the shot from the club’s stand-in captain.
“We do need goals from other areas,” added Pardew. “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 (Demba Cisse) - do that role on their own, and Luuk did it as well as any of them,” he said.
“He did very well. I’m very pleased with him.”
“There were a lot of highs. I thought Luuk de Jong couldn’t have done any more in that role.”