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Pardew backing De Jong

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping striker Luuk de Jong can rebuild his shattered confidence to prove he has long-term future on Tyneside.

It's important that his all-round game improves from where he is right now, but that will come with confidence and I can see him growing every day.

I know he likes the environment that he has found himself in, and players flourish when they start enjoying their football. Hopefully he can start doing that again because he had a tough time in Germany.

He has had some good displays for us, but there is more to come and I hope between now and the end of the year, he shows that to our fans because we know at this club that we need strikers, and I am hoping he can tick a box for us.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Krul set to miss games

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is set for a spell on the sidelines after being ruled out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton.

Tim won't play, he's out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in.

He has made his international squad and he is keen to stay in that squad and he needs to play, so the opportunity lands at his feet.

Rob is a confident goalie and he will look to take that on.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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