The Dutch forward joined the Toon on loan this winter, but is yet to score a goal in any of his 8 Premier League outings. De Jong moved to Newcastle after struggling to adapt to life at Borussia Mönchengladbach after a £12.6million move from FC Twente.
But Pardew has attempted to reinstall some confidence in the forward, and has publicly backed De Jong to start firing in the goals: “It’s very difficult for a player who has been at a club and not been used after a big money move. He was a big player, a big personality who scored more goals in Holland than (Wilfried) Bony for example.” said Pardew.
“He is finding his feet and finding his confidence. I think it’s important his all-round game improves from where he is right now. I think he has had some good displays for us, but I think there’s more to come. I hope between now and the end of the year that he shows that.
“To get him back to where he was is a process and that’s the process he’s going through. Our fans need to give him a bit of time and understanding because there is definitely a pedigree there. But, at the end of this period he will have had three-and-a-half months with us and he needs to be pretty close to his best if we are going to sign him.”
Newcastle are currently 8th in the table, and could attempt to hunt down 7th placed Manchester United, who are only 5 points above Pardew’s side.