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Steve McClaren Compliments New Signing

2:50 pm, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

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 with Geordinio Wijnaldum

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Rolando Aarons · Siem de Jong

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    are they back in the uk

  • 2 Altamullan // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Cheers Tezza! I’ll go and look, I’ll bring any news of Mbemba.

  • 3 Graeme // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    “Just like a new signing” – its started already lol

  • 4 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 5 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Jail was it really Norwich ha ha that’s why they didn’t score I was in section C Gallowgate in the corner back in my ST days.

  • 6 nightfa11 // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    To be fair..we do have aarons and sdj who are like new signings 🙂

  • 7 Slank // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:11 PM


    By Saturday there should effectively be 7 new players:

    Gini, Siem de Jong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancer Mbemba, Rolando Aarons, Darlow and Lascelles.

    Also some reborn players:

    Krul and Anita who on recent appearances appeared to have turned their backs on indifferent performances.

    For some other players only Donald Rumsfeld quotation is apt:

    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

  • 8 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    to be honest they are like new signings only the medics knew who they were last season

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Was it only 10 secs I thought it was two minutes. Aye 1-0 Cisse scored about 30 seconds after my mate said he does fcuk all.

  • 10 nightfa11 // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    I wish wed start selling players..with Mbemba in we have 30 first Team players, and we plan to sign a few more.. Thats just crazy..

  • 11 Sazzer // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    I thought Moutinho was closer to Falcao wages but if info I found is correct then it’s not that bad. Still unlikely to happen.

  • 12 Carryingcoals // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Not convinced either of them are the real deal to be honest, although I’d expect Wijnaldum to do more this season that Mitrovic.

    £27.5 is far more than I thought we’d spend – especially on two players but I still remain unconvinced by Ashley. More here if anyone fancies:

    Are Newcastle United fans being fooled?

  • 13 beefman13 // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Mourinho, would be a terrific signing, all hear say at the moment of course, was reading last night that mbemba could be the best signing of the season by belgium journalist Venk, classic quote from Mbemba, when he finishes playing he wants to become an electrician, hope he can make sparks fly if we sign him,”sorry”

  • 14 archaeomag // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    “Steve McClaren slags off new signing” – that would be news!

  • 15 beefman13 // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Yes I know, Moutinho, not Jose.

  • 16 Charlietoon // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    De Jong has a very boring pre season and has not shown up much at all. Contrast that with players like Obertan who busted a gut last night against Portland and I’d be looking at Siem as back up for George now.

  • 17 Altamullan // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    No news of Mbemba medical, or return of squad. Anybody know anything?

  • 18 beefman13 // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    We do need to start selling, get the suspects we all know floated out the tyne, had their chances and been paid canny for mostly average performances at best.

  • 19 Malackay // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Charlietoon, you must be mistaking pace for quality. Obertan has looked quick compared SDJ to pre-season, thankfully his game isn’t based on pace, at all. His intricate touches and final third distribution is light years away from the likes of Obertan. I can’t believe how easily SDJ is being dismissed in this forum and the talk of him not making the starting 11 is ludicrous!!

    The implication that he isn’t “busting a gut” is equally bizarre? He didn’t get much of a game against Portland, but when he came on he grafter – highlighted by his last man tackle which is quite rare for a 10.

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