Newcastle were first linked with Georginio Wijnaldum two years ago when the attacking midfielder was only 20 and still at Feyenoord.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 22 year-old outstanding midfielder
But in 2011 he moved to PSV Eindhoven and has spent a good two seasons at the club, where he’s played 83 times with 34 goals and 14 assists.
The 5’5″ winger can also play on either wing, and on the blog we’ll be focusing now and again on some of Newcastle’s past targets, who have done well since the Magpies were interested in them.
In his younger years Georginio was at Sparta Rotterdam, his home town club, before joining the Feyenoord Youth Academy in 2007, when he was just 16.
Wijnaldum made his debut in April of 2007 in the home match against FC Groningen at the age of 16 and 148 days, and he became the youngest player ever to play in Feyenoord’s first team.
He had a decent record at Feyenoord of 134 appearances with 25 goals and 11 assists before joining PSV for €5M (£4.3M) and that’s the time Newcastle were supposed to be interested in the player.
It seems that Newcastle will only bring in good players this summer if they replace others, but it could be that Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Romain Amalfitano could be on their way with all three being distant fringe players last season at Newcastle.
This lad seems like a very decent prospect and could be brought in for a respectable fee this summer.
In his career, Georginio has played 217 times with 59 goals and 22 assists, and he’s played for all the Dutch Youth sides, and twice for the full Dutch side – and he’s still only 22.
What do you think?
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