Borussia Mönchengladbach may have had to play a nervous waiting game before bringing Luuk de Jong to the Bundesliga, but the most expensive signing in the Bundesliga club's history is keen to pay them back with goals, and his record certainly suggests he will deliver on that promise.
"I am a striker, I want to score goals and I will work hard every day to do so," said de Jong on his presentation as a Gladbach player. That has been the Dutchman's ethos since opening his account for his first club De Graafschap and earning a move to FC Twente, where he celebrated the Dutch title in his first season. With 25 goals in 31 games in 2011/12, he was the Eredivisie's second highest goalscorer and an obvious candidate for Holland's EURO 2012 squad.
That also made him a hot commodity on the transfer market and, although Gladbach had expressed their interest long before EURO 2012 commenced, they had to wait until several weeks after it had finished before a deal was struck amid reported interest from Newcastle United and Liverpool. The move to Germany is the second upheaval in de Jong's life. He and his elder brother Siem, who plays for Ajax, were both born in Switzerland to parents who had moved there to play volleyball professionally. The Dutch family then returned to similarly tranquil surroundings in Holland when Luuk was only four.
De Jong cannot expect to find the same tranquillity in Mönchengladbach, but then it is he who hopes to get the Borussia Park Stadion rocking to the tune of his goals each weekend. "This team finished fourth last season and I want to do my bit to make sure we get a similarly good result this year," he said.