The 21-year-old finalised his transfer to Gladbach earlier this week, and is hoping to emulate countryman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and become a success in the BundesligaLuuk de Jong believes that scoring goals is far easier in Netherlands than in Germany, stating that “every game is a top game” in his new league.
De Jong completed a €15 million transfer from Twente to Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this week after a fine season in the Eredivisie had also seen him linked with the likes of Newcastle United.
The 21-year-old is confident he can prove a success in Germany, but admitted it may take some time to adapt to the greater demands of the Bundesliga.
When asked if it is easier to score goals in Netherlands, he told Bild, “Definitely. The level is not as high as in Germany. In the Bundesliga, every game is a top game.
“Marco Reus scored 18 [league] goals last season - that's a very good mark. But I am a striker and I want to score as well. A number is difficult to predict because it's my first season.”
De Jong also stressed that winning the title this season is not imperative for Monchengladbach, but given the choice, he would prefer to get his hands on silverware than finish as the division’s top scorer.
“At the moment, this a bit too much to think about! But I would be happy to give up the scorers title if it meant challenging at the top of the table," he confessed.
“The club has made the right steps with its transfer. But we should remain realistic. Maybe we can win the league in the next five years. I didn't sign until 2017 without having any long-term objectives.”
The Netherlands international also revealed that he is hoping to learn from Bundesliga scoring sensation and compatriot Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who finished as the division's top marksman last season, but stressed that it is too early to draw comparisons.
“Klaas is a super-striker, Germany's best scorer,” he continued. “I would like to reach his level one day, it would be very good. But I'm only 21 years old, I would do well to learn from him, his technique, his movements and his composure.”
De Jong, who was part of Netherlands’ ill-fated Euro 2012 squad, finally revealed that his ultimate goal is to become a regular for Oranje in the near future.
“A lot can happen before the 2014 World Cup. But clearly my goal is to be a regular in the national team.
“What could be to my advantage? Our new coach [Louis] van Gaal is keen on young players.”