Villa midfielder El Ahmadi backing De Jong for Newcastle success

Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi believes Luuk de Jong can make a big impact at Newcastle United.

Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi believes Luuk de Jong can make a big impact at Newcastle United.

El Ahmadi saw De Jong’s development first hand in Holland, where he cracked an impressive 39 goals in 65 league games with his first club FC Twente.

The former Twente and Feyenoord playmaker said: “I played a lot with and against Luuk in Holland. In that league, he was one of the best strikers.

“He’s a quality player and he’s a goalscorer. We’ll have to take a good look at him up there on Sunday as he’s going to be very dangerous.

“He has everything – good technique, good touch, makes excellent runs into space and knows where to stand in the box. And he scores with both feet and head.

“Watching him in Holland I always thought he would make a good player in the Premier League because he has everything needed for this level.

“Coming to England was a good choice for him – and he’ll show that to Newcastle and the rest of the Premier League.”

 
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