Georginio Wijnaldum has been interviewed by Press Association Sport, and he has said one of the reasons he signed on at Newcastle is the club showed very early on that they were very interested in him.
He’s also said he needs to learn some of that Geordie dialect – so he also seems a sensible lad.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Newcastle are beautiful people
The 24 year-old 19 times capped Dutch International is the first signing in the reign of Steve McClaren, and it’s the 3rd biggest fee in Newcastle’s history and thought to be around £14.5M.
Wijnaldum has signed a five-year deal and this is what he has told PA Sport:
“I’m feeling great because when I came to the club everyone was really kind, beautiful people and I’m already feeling at home,” “I have a lot of confidence that I can make the fans happy and that’s what I want to do.”
“I think I can bring goals and passion also, as I work hard and always want to do my best.” “Even if it looks like we’re not going to win I always try to find a solution to win games. I’m a fighter.”
“Newcastle showed very early they were interested in me,” “In the negotiations they showed good things and that’s why I chose them.” “I’ve spoken to someone who speaks a little bit of Geordie – but I must learn more!”
Georginio isn’t just a great guy and a first class player, but he also has good leadership skills, and for the last two years he was captain of PSV.
So he could well be a future captain of Newcastle, and it will be interesting in pre-season if McClaren changes the captaincy – but we think he will keep Colo as captain for the last year of his contract.
With Siem de Jong, the former Ajax captain also at Newcastle, Steve could take a close look at both players this season, to see who could take over from Colo next summer.
Both Dutchmen are skillful and will offer real leadership on and off the filed, and that’s something we were missing big time last season.
What do you think?