Dutchman Has Some Doubts About Joining Newcastle


Newcastle are busy trying to negotiate a deal with PSV for Georginio Wijnaldum, but still have to agree a fee for a player who turned down French giants PSG last summer to stay in Holland.

And some in Holland are now wondering why he would now want to join Newcastle, who are not even playing in Europe and nowhere near the team that PSG have at the moment – and he turned them down last summer.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – could stay at PSV

Georginio has given a long interview with Fox Sports, and his comments are being reported in the Dutch media.

In some parts of the interview he seems positive about Newcastle, but in other parts he admits it may be difficult to join Newcastle.

One reason for that is that PSV go for the Dutch Championship every year and participate in the Champions League.

The 24 year-old was asked at one point in the interview if it was a bit illogical to want to join Newcastle United, after he had turned down PSG last summer.

It was even put to him that the level of play at Newcastle was not good enough – maybe it was too low?

This is how he answered that question:

“Yes, it can be. Everyone has their own opinion about that. But what is too low? It’s a different league of course. You can always improve yourself at such clubs.”

“But of course there is a difference between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle. PSG was very concrete and then with Newcastle they still need to come in.”

“It would certainly be no punishment to stay at PSV. I feel good here and the people are good to me.”

PSV go every year for the Dutch Championship and now get Champions League games, so that would definitely be a punishment. “

Not only do Newcastle have no Champions League football like PSV and PSG, but we have no chance of getting Champions League football either.

That’s unless we start to spend big money and get an injection of ambition that we haven’t had for eight years under owner Mike Ashley.

We suppose the best Newcastle can do is to convince the player he will get regular games at Newcastle and will become a much better player by playing week in week out in the Premier League.

That could be a hard sell, but it’s still possible to do the deal – if we are aggressive and persuasive enough – and also offer the Dutchman a good wage deal.

It also seems that Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat have done a (very) good job of telling him over the summer how good things are at Newcastle.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.


94 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Wijnaldum seems like a smart lad. Not letting any doors close on him. He may well be wanted by PSG but would he start for them? Unlikely. He’ll also know that if he plays well in the Premiership, the most competitive, richest league in the world, he has a chance to getting an even bigger money move elsewhere. I’m fine with top players using us as a stepping stone, always admired the way Fabregas left Arsenal for Barca, did it with style. If some of our players did that I’d bid them a fond farewell.

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  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Apropos nothing at all except very interesting
    Here is a J.Carver who could manage.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Carver

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  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Reading this , it seems that Wijnaldum does what his agent says and advises him to do.
    Another site where you get to vote for the Toon.

    http://www.voetbalprimeur.nl/nieuws/444453/wijnaldum-spreekt-zich-uit-het-is-wel-een-verschil-psg-of-newcastle-.html

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  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    This window’s following the same path as others – lots of talk but no bloody action on quality players.

    FFS the squad’s poor enough – even by Ashley’s admission – and all the signs are it’s going to stay that way!

    Why do these people pi$$ about when it comes to transfers? First friendly next week then off to the USA.

    Can nobody get it into Charnely and Ashley’s thick skulls that pre-seasons are there to help new players bed-in, play together?

    Oh no, that’s not good enough for those two who think pre-season’s there to enable them not to spend as the window’s still open – and will be till August 31st when we’re a few points off the pace in the bottom half of the table.

    They say they’ve learned from last season’s mistakes (and the ones before that), but have they? Have they hell!!

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    more action of protests required

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    lesh
    They’ve acknowledged that mistakes were made, but it would be interesting to know what they consider those mistakes were.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Wijnetc, dude, we want players who will BRING CL to this team, you won’t walk in a team already serving that. Can you be one of 11+ people who are able to do that? Are you good enough? If not, see you when we get there.

    Of course, we need to pay OVER the going rate (not below, Mike etc.) to start the ball rolling. The only way a better employee will go to a lesser business is if that business will pay more money.

    That’s the only way to break the vicious cycle of average companies getting average players.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh

    They might say mistakes but everything is done to a plan

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    I know this will anger some people but I hope Ashley gives McClaren the same kind of time he gave Pardew. I just wonder if he has more ability than Pardew and therefore might actually look to build a team philosophy and one that potential signings will see and want to be part of. Kind of like a Wenger affect. But probably not as good.

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  • Sammmy

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m hoping the real meaning his quote was lost in translation.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Perhaps they consider they were too open with supporters, or spent too much money on new players, or were over-ambitious (finishing 17th would have been enough) …

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    more like a wonga effect

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  • GeordieGadie

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Stepping stone to what?
    The highest stepping stone we offered was that leap Cabaye has made, but he ultimately ended in Paris Saint-Germain anyway!

    We don’t export our goods to Real or Barcelona if that’s what he has in mind, we only deal with cheap junk in Sports Direct FC.

    We should have a sign on the club saying, if you’re good enough, come back when Ashley has died please (if we’re still in business)

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    i hope the interest generated in kemen by liverpol and spurs means he will now get fast tracked.to our first team squad.

    After all it was only the mergence of aarons, abeid and perez who gave us much to shout about last season.

    Bizarrely we still have some half decent players if only they could keep fit. think we’re now stuck with colo, saylor, willo, obertan and gouffran though.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    rotonta i have been told boro are looking at willo

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  • nut meg

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    hibbit
    Fingers crossed for that then.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    nut meg they asked about him in january on loan

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  • Sammmy

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    If Willo signs for Boro i think most fans would consider it a successful transfer window.

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  • nut meg

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbitt
    The quicker we get shot of the useless dinosaurs Willo & Collo the better for me,only then can we make progress.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    RH

    Some1 said last night kemen is out of contract
    I don’t know if he has even been offered a new one

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  • Polarboy

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    In the article I read he is quoted as saying that staying at PSV would not be a punishment because they qualify for the champions league every year. He says nothing about not being in the champions league being a punishment. Personally I think that is a more likely translation.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    willo is just what boro need in the championship a big lump in the middle with a lot of talent round him it could work for him

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Lesh

    The Gateshead friendly is Friday mate, there 1st game in the USA is next Tuesday.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    I slagged McLaren many times.Never be my first choice.But the man has real ambition for the club and ready to go.But i also said in a side note previously that he is good in recruiting.His appointment of the coaching is an indication :

    http://whatculture.com/sport/newcastle-fans-forum-mcclaren-to-instil-new-culture-respect-and-discipline-in-magpies-squad.php

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Wallys – coaching team.
    The more I read about Ian Cathro – the more impressive he appears to be. I think he could end up being a gem -I suppose it depends upon how much leeway Wally is going to give him.
    Cathro’s previous manager at Valencia Nuno Santo described him as a visionary and a genius.
    Now then -you really dont see many plaudits like that in the football world especially in relation to non playing staff.
    I am getting pretty excited to see what he is going to introduce to the team.
    Might be a masterstroke by Wally getting Cathro.

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  • DicBDownUnder

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #28
  • DicBDownUnder

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    will that mean we can ‘bring someone in’ now?

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  • BandB

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Ashley goes on the telly….best thing since sliced bread.
    McClaren speaks to the Forum….best thing since sliced bread.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #31

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/9905287/ten-breakout-stars-of-201516-who8217ll-be-the-new-harry-kane

    Aarons named as the first player on the list! If he can stay fit for more than 10 mins a season Mclaren and Cathro could develop him to be a game changer !

    On Sammy on loan to Cardiff felt he got a bit of a raw deal from some fans because hes local and Sholas brother, but he has ability and works hard tracking back !! Lets see him play every game for them up to Christmas and then let Mclaren assess his progress

    Quite like the way Mclaren is talking about changing the culture for too long it looks like our players have been able to do whatever they wanted under Pardew !Even in games the players looked as though they were told to do their own thing and were never really playing to a strict plan

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  • BandB

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Talk represents excellent value, pound for pound.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #33

    if Ashley will bring Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, it will boost the whole squad…they are top top quality both

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #34

    BandB…I always thought it was “talk is cheap”, but I think you may be on to something there.

    Can I ask what the celebrations are about with regards to McClaren attending the ff meet?

    It’ll be interesting to see what was said, but the fact he was there is hardly much to write home about, surely?

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  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #35

    lee….. pardue never had a plan

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  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Between us and Monaco for Andre Carillo the Peruvian winger/striker currently with Sporting Lisbon according to this Spanish footy site.

    http://www.vavel.com/lat/peru/510610-ola-de-fichajes-y-partidas.html

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    @Hibbit

    Yeah exactly !! He also had Carver taking the training!! Its no wonder we were so shite for so long at least now we have coaches who will want to play a style of play that is not alien to the technical foreign players that we have in our team !!

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  • nut meg

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #38

    HIBBIT @35
    100% correct

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  • BandB

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibizatoon

    If McClaren’s tete a tete with the Fans’ Forum can generate seven weeks of solid optimism in return for no signings, as Ashley’s little chat did, the window will be over.
    Excellent diplomacy by the club…..keep talking…concede nothing.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 7, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza
    Did Pardew ever attend the fans forum?

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