And then came Sunday’s late show in the derby, coming just before the referee blew the whistle on would otherwise have been a 2-1 defeat.
The Dutchman also scored against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
Xavi: ‘Luuk is an example’
After Sunday’s game, coach Xavi Hernández was full of praise for his centre forward, saying "Luuk de Jong is an example I have said that to the squad. He is a goalscorer and that’s why he went on. He had two chances and turned one of them into a goal.”