â€śThe move to the Bundesliga was a year too early for him to handle,â€ť said McClaren, now boss at promotion-chasing Derby County. â€śHe should have stayed at Twente for another 12 months, or at least six.
â€śI didnâ€™t want him to go, you never want to sell your best players, but the offer that came in was just too much for the club to turn down.
â€śCertainly the Luuk De Jong I had in two spells at Twente will do very well in the Premier League and he is a tough kid, a very willing worker, good in the air, strong and a proven goalscorer. He is a threat to any defence, no doubt about it, a proven targetman.
â€śHis attitude was always first class, I never had any problems with him at all. He was a very good, clean-living professional who worked at his game very hard.
â€śAlthough he was a muscular player you would never say he was over-physical or ultra-aggressive, that wasnâ€™t his style at all. He could put his foot in where it hurts but he wasnâ€™t a dirty player by any stretch of the imagination. I can only say good things about him.
â€śHe is talented and he loves scoring goals, so I think he will do very well, but he will be lacking in match fitness as he has been on the sidelines at Borussia. It just didnâ€™t work out for him there â€“ that can happen â€“ but thatâ€™s not to say it wonâ€™t work for him in England because his style is more suited to English football.â€ť
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