Wijnaldum Jets In – Siem De Jong Praises New Signing

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 and Steve McClaren

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.

Comments welcome.

115 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • mickalfas

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley OUT !

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley out!

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley out


  • optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley out

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Average contents out!!!!

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Op out!!!!

  • switch365

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    To play from the back surely has to mean ball playing centre backs and not willow lumpalot, flapalot, losealot.

    The likes of van Dijk would most certainly come under this category and whilst I don’t rate him as being a great cb, he’s certainly far better than anyone else we currently have on the books.

    If we don’t have at least 1 cb in by next Friday, we’re asking for trouble and the premiership will give us it in spades.

  • geordie157

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Williamson out!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    On previous about Carvers appointment. Absolute madness and selfish incompetence. They might have thought they’d save a few quid in wages but the damage his moronic outbursts caused are immeasurable. They could have given some high profile retired manager £1M and bought a quality CB, we would have finished higher in the league which would have paid for said manager. The fans might have seen some pretty football, not witnessed eight defeats in a row and five to the mackems. It was nothing at all to do with what was best for the club but Mike Ashley showing us he does it his way. Spiteful barsteward.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11


    Aye, that’s it like. They can’t. I’v got to admit though frustration is starting to get the better of me in this window. Not enough noises coming out of the club to keep me going and being optimistic. We still need a canny few in yet and 1 in 6 weeks dosn’t sit well.

    Fingers crossed we hear something in the coming days.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Good, hopefully this means Krul is under strict instructions that he is not aloud to kick anything next season!

    Hopefully if SDJ and Gini are fighting fit by the start of the season it increases the chances of Colo being stripped of the captaincy, which can only be a good thing as long as it doesn’t go straight to Colback!

  • mickalfas

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Is MASH holdings the new name of SPECTRE
    World domination
    Ha ha ha

  • Slank

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    toonarmydownsouth @ 12

    ‘.. Krul is under strict instructions that he is not aloud to kick anything next season!…’

    Against the Mexicans he still kicked to that player standing between the touch line and the crowd. I think he needs his eyes tested first before kicking lessons begin or for McClaren to insist that all the subs, coaching and medical staff must sit down and be absolutely still and not wave their hands about when he is about to kick the ball !

  • switch365

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    @ mickalfas
    would that be SPECTRE@MASH.com? 😀

    For those who stayed up the other night and watched the silent but very good quality broadcast on youtube, it would appear that the vast majority of the team are buying into McClaren’s new philosophy.
    It’s a stark contrast in comparison to the default long ball to a 5’10” striker flanked by 6’4″ defenders of the former, I loosely term “manager.”

    From kick off there was pace; movement, off the ball running and all that other lovely stuff. But as always, as soon as any pressure was applied to willo it was long ball default and flapfest, yes he did manage to hit in the general direction of his own team on a couple of occasions, but I’d take that as luck rather than design.

    It was further damning evidence that not only is he out of his depth, he should be in the shallow end with water-wings and one of those blow up rings that goes around a child’s waist.

    Willo Out!
    Collo out!
    Saylor out!

    Ball playing; hard as nails, fast as a whippet, built like an outhouse centre backs in!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Also said CB would have been nicely bedded in with 10/15 PL games under his belt.

  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Here’s me doing an impression of Jib:


  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Bollocks! The blog doesn’t support Mandarin characters!

    Ashley oot!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh joy!
    Have to admit Darlows distribution sounded canny from what i heard about the Gateshead fixture, genuine competition for the no:1 spot?

  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    ????! ???? ??????!

  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Or Serbian!

    Jib, I take my hat off to your superior talent for language!


  • croftus5678

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23

    mitrovic IN

  • nut meg

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    you mean like this man ….Kamil Glik Torino fc


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Washing out!

  • beermonkey

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #26

    washing in
    it looks like rain

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Just passing through but wanted to say it’s good to have tads back on the circuit- are we still playing that game? We briefly chatted at the Brighton cup game a few years ago where we made yet another quick exit from the FA cup. His Dad is a toon fanatic like mine and they both speak of the great cup sides of the 1950’s.
    Pre season is a time for optimism and maybe a cup run or two. A few more signings and bring it on.

  • thegaffer

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Porto sell J. Martinez to Atl. Madrid..


    Mitrovic story about to take a turn..

  • bills-son

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Austin has let it be known he wants to come here and that is why we are playing the long game with QPR. I can’t see Austin going to the likes of Leicester and seeing as none of the top 6 seem genuinely interested in him his – and QPR’s – options are limited if they keep asking £15M for him.

    My guess is QPR will back down and he’ll come for £12M + add ons.

    You can’t blame Mitrovic or wanting CL but if a club doesn’t come for him soon doubling his wages and playing in front of 50,000 in the Prem might not seem such a step down. Still a good chance of him coming IMO.

  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30

    it wont matter if we have 9 cf ,,,,,,,if we dont sort this back out we could in big trouble again

  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    back four

  • martoon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    bills-son @29 – Good to see you on the blog again – I’m not sure we want Mitrovic & Austin. I think Mitovic is first choice with Austin as a fall back if we can’t get Mitrovic!

  • nut meg

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    It seems like we’ve been shouting from the rooftops about CBs for 2/3 seasons now & still no urgency from those at the helm.It’s just making me shake my head in disbelief !!

  • israeli_fan

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Billson its great to have you back

    How many of you really saw mitrovic?

    The belgian leauge is really poor, elyaniv barda was one of the stars there for a few years and he is a very average israeli striker.

    I think javier hernandez with cisse will be far my better strike force

  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Ideally we need to be bringing in a couple of quality first team centre backs like Rudiger, Sule, Van Dijk, Matip, Mbemba etc.

    However even if they go for Vlaar on a free & Douglas Teixeira who i would have thought would be cheap with only a year left on his contract it would be a big improvement on what we currently have.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Now Porto has sold Martinez, I would say that Mitrovic is going to go to Porto.
    I guess it is on to Plan B or C or D

    Also with all the defenders we are being linked with at the moment, maybe we are going for one or two of them instead

  • Blofal

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    On the upside watching the game yesterday I was very impressed with Cisse, Aarons and Armstrong.

    Aarons and Armstrong appeared to combine really well and Arma was a real handful for their defence. We got a couple of good ones there.

    Time to get Aarons signed up to a long contract though. He is going to be out the door in a flash if we don’t do that soon.

    Agree that Willo looked slow and poor. Lacselles could be good but is not there yet. Sissoko was out on the right where he should be. Perez subbed on as an attacking midfielder as he should be.

    At least McClaren appears to be playing players in the correct positions. Pardew would probably play Wijnaldum as a wingback!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #38

    Will Anderlecht let Mitrovic go to Porto if they can’t match our offer? I mean, don’t they really have it in their hands?

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    @ frenchman,

    Considering Porto has just got 35 million euros for Martinez, i am sure they would be able to match our fee.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    There was a Talksport Portuguese correspondent on the radio the other night saying Porto and Benfica need to sell (Martinez for porto, Gaitan for benfica) as they’ve been sailing close to the wind on FFP for a while.
    He also said Porto are more likely to sign a south American striker than Mitrovic.
    They spent a shedload on wages for Casillas and Pereira as well as huge wages and transfer fee for Imbula, its possible Martinez sale has been spent before they had it!


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