We thought Gini Wijnaldum looked good in that first half on Tuesday night in the 4-3 loss to the Portland Timbers, and he took the chance that Rolando Aarons set up for him after just 6 minutes with consummate ease, as he hit the ball first time into the corner of the net for his first goal for the club – albeit a friendly.
Steve McClaren talking to Georginio Wijnaldum when he signed
Gini can play the box-to-box midfielder role that Yohan Cabaye used to play for us, but one worry is that Siem de Jong is a similar type of player to Gini, so we trust Steve McClaren can find roles for both Dutchmen in the starting Newcastle side next season.
That’s probably the least of Steve’s concerns at the moment.
Newcastle’s head coach already knows a lot about Wijnaldum from the two periods he spent managing FC Twente, and Steve had this to say this morning in the Chronicle about the 19 times capped Holland International:
“It was good and typical Wijnaldum,” “He comes from nowhere and scores a goal in the box.”
“He’s building up his fitness.He had a back injury only a couple of years ago, so we only wanted a little amount from him.”
“We saw a glimpse of him and what he is.”
Gini can become a great player for Newcastle and it’s already good that we will have Gini, Siem de Jong, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons, and of those there was a total of 11 appearances between Siem and Rolando last season.
So there’s really four new players for us – all on whom can score goals for us next season.
Sounds good to us.