Gini Wijnaldum started the game on Tuesday night against Portland Timbers, and within six minutes he had scored a nice goal that was beautifully set up by Rolando Aarons, who it’s fair to say was the star man of the tour, and certainly the star in that particular game with two brilliant goals within two minutes of each other in the second half.
Gini Wijnaldum in action in Sacramento
Gini played well in that first half, and you could see what a good player he’s going to be for us – he’s a box to box midfielder who can score goals, and he’s really looking forward to playing in the Premier League, which kicks off in a short two weeks time.
The 24 year-old Dutchman is very keen to get more playing time before the big kick-off.
This is what Gini has said in the Chronicle today – initially talking about playing in the Premier League for the very first time:
“It will be good. When I was in Holland I always looked at all the games in England and wondered what it would be like.” “Now I will play the games for myself so I look forward to them.”
“I hope the games go fast in pre-season so we can start with the Premier League.” “I’m really happy to get the first because it’s something I want to do.”
“I wanted it in the game before the one against Sacramento but I didn’t have the luck at that time.” “Rolando made a good assist with the cross and I took it with the inside of my foot to get the goal.”
“But unfortunately we did not finish the game that good especially the first half.” “We ended the game well. In the second half we made it better a bit.”
“We scored two beautiful goals but like what I said it was disappointing.” “The players are helping me but I must do it for myself. I work hard on it. We will see how much time I will need.”
“I feel good already because I knew it was the right move.” “I want to play. I wanted to play the second half as well at Portland.”
“The trainer has to make choices and he has a reason for that, because we have more games to come.”
“I must listen to that. I got a rest in the second half and I hope I can start against Sheffield and I hope to play longer.”
To date Wijnaldum has only 66 minutes of playing time in pre-season, but there are still three games to go before we meet Southampton on August 9th at St. James’ Park, and there’s still plenty of time to get a lot more playing time.
There are now just less than six weeks to go in the summer transfer window – so that should be enough to get the extra four good players in that we need to strengthen the squad – and that includes 20 year-old Chancel Mbemba.
We are hoping that the DR Congo International will be announced sometime today – and it could come at any time.
That will be the third good player we have signed this summer for a grand total of £35.5M so far – and more to come.