Georginio Wijnaldum has handled the personal things he had to take care of after his whirlwind signing for Newcastle over the weekend, and he has finally joined up with the Newcastle squad.
They are now in Sacramento, the capital of California, ready for the game tomorrow against Sacramento Republic at Bonney Field with an 8:00 pm local kick off time – 4:00 am Sunday morning English time.
Georginio Wijnaldum with Steve McClaren last weekend
The temperatures are going to be in the 90s (Fahrenheit) while Newcastle are in Sacramento – and of course it’s the hottest time of the year in the US when clubs come on the tours.
Siem de Jong knows all about Wijnaldum after playing against him in the Eredivisie for a number of seasons and also in the Dutch National team.
This is what Siem has said today about how McClaren wants Newcastle to play, and also some words on his new team-mate:
“We want to play more from the back and keep the ball a little bit more,” “Of course it’s a little bit new for some players, so we need to train and play like that in the games as well.”
“Sometimes, when we make a mistake in the games, we make it harder for ourselves, but we need to keep doing it.”
“Wijnaldum’s a good player,” “He likes to be on the ball and is good offensively, but he’s also strong and can help defensively.”
“He’s quite a versatile player, who can play in a couple of positions, so he can be a good contributor for the team.”
Siem is a great player himself and you could see some of his skill on Tuesday night, and we are just hopping his injury problems are over and he cans have a great season at Newcastle.
If he can do that it will help us do a lot better than we fared last season.
We are looking forward to how Steve used both Siem and Georginio in the starting line-up.
We could see Wijnaldum come on late in the game on Saturday night, but more likely on Tuesday night against Portland Timbers at Providence Park.