Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken today in the Shields Gazette, and he credits head coach Steve McClaren and goalkeeper Tim Krul as the two people who persuaded him to join Newcastle.
Gini is comfortable with the way McClaren plays the game, after knowing him when he managed FC Twente a couple of times, and Tim Krul has been trying to get him to Newcastle for a number of years now.
Well – it’s all paid of and this classy young player is now a Newcastle player.
Wijnaldum with McClaren when he signed on at Newcastle
Gini has looked good in his last couple of games, and scored each time with no nonsense accurate shots, and he should get some goals for us this season.
He will probably play in the middle of the park with another classy Dutchman – Siem de Jong – and with McClaren’s connections in Holland we could be seeing more Dutch players coming into Newcastle.
This is what Gini has said:
“I know Newcastle struggled a bit last year, but I also know they are usually higher in the rankings.” “But it’s a new season and everybody starts over and you get new chances.¨
“It also helps me a lot to work with the trainer (Steve McClaren).¨ “I talked with him before I came in and I know him from Holland, I know his way of playing. I feel comfortable with that.¨
“It’s similar to how we play in Holland, so that was another reason why I chose to come to Newcastle.¨
“I didn’t know a lot about the club but I’ve spoken over a lot of years with Tim Krul and that’s why I chose Newcastle. I feel really comfortable with my choice.”
It’s worth thinking whether we could have signed Wijnaldum if John Carver had been head coach – there would have been no chance of pulling this one off – whatever John may say about it.
Tonight Newcastle play at York City and it’s likely to be a second eleven because of the game against Borussia Monchengladbach, but it’s a good chance for some of the fringe players and youngsters to show what they can do.