It looks like Newcastle will sign PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum today, but we were also interested in bringing in Marco van Ginkel from Chelsea next season – either on loan or on a permanent deal – but Chelsea have announced his is joining Stoke City for the season on loan.
Marco van Ginkel – on loan to Stoke
This is what Chelsea have put on their web-site:
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at AC Milan, where he established himself as an important member of the side.
The Dutch midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013 and made his debut in a 2-0 win over Hull City.
You can keep updated with Van Ginkel’s progress on this website.
Chelsea are also looking to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stoke, and he can come in and challenge Thibaut Courtois for the number one spot, with Petr Cech now at Arsenal – a great acquisition by the Gunners.
That hasn’t happened yet, but Stoke have beaten Middlesbrough to former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given – who was signed as a free agent yesterday.
Shay is now 39.
Crystal Palace signed former Newcastle play-maker Yohan Cabaye yesterday, and that has reminded Geordie fans we still haven’t replaced him with a skillful box-to-box midfielder.
That’s what 22 year-old van Ginkel is – so we are hoping Newcastle have somebody else lined up.
Since both Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong are number 10 players – withdrawn strikers – maybe McClaren will use one of them as a number 10 and the other in central midfield – to add some creativity for next season?
Or even push one of them up front as an out-and-out striker if we cannot get strikers through the door this summer.
The Newcastle head coach has already assured Georginio he will find a way of accommodating both Dutch midfielders in the first team next season.
It would have been good to have signed Cabaye – but he left the club under difficult circumstances only 18 months ago.
We assume Newcastle want to bring in a younger player-maker for next season – we hope Newcastle want to bring in a younger player-maker for next season.
What do you think?