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Nigel de Jong Player Profile - espn FC

Three years later, hes banging in the goals and attracting worldwide attention. Luuk de Jong already has a history of winning titles and has played in pressure-cooker atmospheres such as the Amsterdam Arena. An underrated trait by most, but certainly an important one I might add, is the ability to use both feet. He is right-footed, but scores a lot of goals with his left.

If hes able to do that, he will be a success. On, the 21-year-old attacker signed for Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach on a five-year deal. Luuk De Jong looks set to become a world-beater in the near future. Theyll chase, theyll harry and theyll hassle their opponents and force mistakes. If youre not receiving service or getting much luck in front of goal, you have to exert your influence in alternative ways. This is something he lacks at the moment. Even at 21 years of age, hes experienced some high-octane football. Hes very comfortable in the penalty area, doesnt rush his shot and doesnt panic under a challenge. When sent through one-on-one, he doesnt suffer from the same profligacy that many sharp, quick strikers do. He started at De Graafschap and rose up through the ranks of the youth squad. He played one senior year and that was enough for FC Twente to snap him up at the start of the 2009/2010 season. In a higher standard of league and in a more physical country like the English Premier League, his lack of fight in getting to the ball might work against him. If Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero or Fernando Llorente arent getting much joy, theyll go looking for the ball. He may not be the most skillful player, but his eye for a pass certainly makes up for it. He is not a greedy striker but does possess a natural predatory instinct (the perfect combination).