The Newcastle pre-season schedule is hectic to say the least, and the lads played on Sunday afternoon at Sheffield United less than three days after getting back to Newcastle from the last game of the US tour on the west coast at Portland, which is about 4800 miles from Newcastle and an eight hour time difference.
Gini Wijnaldum – after scoring on Saturday
New signing Gini Wijnaldum has talked about that today, and how difficult it was for the players to perform at Bramall Lane on Saturday in the 2-2 draw, after enduring a 10 hour flight back from Oregon.
This is what the 19 times capped Dutch International had to say:
“Three days after coming back from America, it’s hard to play after a 10-hour flight.” “What’s harder is that a lot of players’ body-clocks were still on US time.”
“Since getting back, I’ve been waking up at 4:00am, and been unable to sleep, and I had the same problem before the match.”
US trips are always difficult for the players, because of the vast distances they have to travel and the time changes they have to endure – even while they are here in the US.
Head coach Steve McClaren was diplomatic about it, and said it had been arranged, and they had to get through it somehow – and they did, but in that second half the lads looked tired.
That’s hardly surprising – but hopefully tomorrow night at York we’ll see them having recovered some.
But then we then take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon at home.
As we said this has been a tough pre-season schedule for the lads.