A number of fans have been concerned that it will be very difficult to get our top targets into the club this summer, and we are certainly part of that group.
That was one reason we were absolutely delighted that not only did Wijnaldum sign for us yesterday – but he seems genuinely very keen to come to Tyneside.
Maybe we can thank Tim Krul for that, since Georginio has said today that Tim has been telling him to move to Newcastle for the last six years – it’s such a great club with terrific fans – well – it finally paid off.
Head coach Steve McClaren seems unconcerned that our top targets may not want to join Newcastle, and he says there’s really no need to put together a sales pitch to persuade players to join Newcastle United:
“We don’t need to. I don’t need to. We’ve had no problem, what Mike Ashley said about the club – the objectives – this isn’t a club that just wants to stay in the Premier League, which is important.¨
“I know that’s always the first objective, but now he’s kind of said it’s to get in to the top eight, to win something and we’re here for three years and that’s what we want to achieve.¨
“So we can sell that to players, to the present squad. We’ve said that already. We’re not just sitting here saying ‘we’re just going to stay in the league, let’s fight for that.’¨
“We’ve got loftier ambitions. Cup competitions – I like cups and anybody can get to a semi-final, a final, if you get the luck and the right kind of draw.¨ “Selling that to a player is no problem, the stadium is no problem, the crowd is no problem.¨
“In Europe, they see that Newcastle is a big club with great traditions.” “Down at the training ground, we can only create what we create in terms of environment, culture.¨
“We try to get everyone buying in, there’s got to be a willingness from the players and the staff and they’re doing that.”
20 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be deciding which club to join very soon, and one them in the running is still Newcastle, so with any luck we could get our second excellent player through the door in the next couple of days.
And it seems that Georginio will not travel to the US with the squad tomorrow, because he has some personal stuff to attend to back in Holland, after the whirlwind last couple of days and he only reported back to training at PSV last Monday.
He will follow the squad out in a few days – so presumably he will be available for the last couple of games.