Luuk de Jong, the supersub worth gold

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Lucky Luuk” struck again. Last night, Luuk de Jong saved Barça against Levante. With the score at 2-2, the Dutchman put on his hero costume. Entering the game in the 84th minute, he scored the goal of the victory 3 to 2 in stoppage time (90th + 3) and allowed his team, second with 60 points, to continue to believe in a crazy comeback in the standings.Decisive, the 31-year-old footballer was praised.

First of all by the Catalan press, which multiplied the praises. “Luuk de Jong saves Barça in extremis”title Mundo Deportivo. On his side, Sport wrote : “Epic! Lucky Luuk”. The media then developed: “Luuk de Jong’s header has already given Barça eight points. His headers against Mallorca, Granada, Espanyol and Levante allowed him to add two wins and two draws. FC Barcelona is the team that has scored the most headers in this League with a total of 15”.

De Jong gave Barca 8 points

Author of a new head that is worth gold last night, De Jong is a real luxury joker for Barça. But for his coach Xavi, he is much more. “Luuk is a great professional and he deserves it (…) He has a great state of mind. I wouldn’t say Luuk is a secondary player. He knows what he brings in the last minutes.. Substitute, the Dutchman (9 tenure in 23 appearances in all competitions) totals 7 goals this season, including 6 in La Liga.

Of these 6 achievements, 4 were decisive and allowed the Culés to garner 8 points. And these 4 goals were scored with a header. Thus, De Jong brought victory against Mallorca (1-0, January 2) and yesterday against Levante (3-2). He also helped his team in draws against Granada (1-1, January 8) and Espanyol Barcelona (2-2, February 13). Accustomed to shooting on goal faster than his shadow, Lucky Luuk is a delight for the residents of Camp Nous. After the meeting, he was necessarily on cloud nine.

Happiness is in the loan for the Dutchman

“Scoring goals is always a fantastic feeling, but scoring in the last minute to give away the three points is special. I’ve done it many times in my career and you never get used to that feeling. It’s always amazing. I am happy to help the team. I have to wait for opportunities and today I had the chance to score.”, explained the returning player after testing positive for covid-19. Which made him miss the meetings against Sevilla in La Liga (April 3) and Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League (April 7).

“It was disappointing because I had no symptoms and I felt like I could play but I couldn’t. Especially against Sevilla (club to which he belongs, editor’s note), it would have been good and against Eintracht, I also thought I could help. I’m happy to come back and be important.”, admitted a Luuk de Jong particularly fulfilled in Catalonia, where he is loaned with the option to buy until the end of the season. If a departure was mentioned recently in the Spanish press, Barça could change its tune with this supersub which is worth gold. Like what happiness is sometimes in the loan!

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