Gini Wijnaldum has been well received by the home fans since he singed for us last month, and he is finally going to make his home league debut on Sunday afternoon against Southampton, hopefully in front of a sell-out 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park.
The Dutch International has been told for a number of years now how good things are at Newcastle, principally by goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has urged the 24 year-old to join Newcastle for a while now.
Tim was finally successful in that endeavor this summer.
Steve McClaren and Gini Wijnaldum when he was signed
Gini has been interviewed by the local press today and this is what he said:
“I have looked forward to playing in a Premier League game for some time.” “Especially as it is at home.”
“I have already heard the fans at these games are amazing.” “And I want to feel that atmosphere. I can’t wait for that.”
“The players and staff have all done their very best to make me feel at home.” “You can see what a big club this is.”
“The fans are true fans and they love their club. “I was told that I would see that in the home games.”
Wijnaldum has settled in well at Newcastle, and he will play in central midfield and he has already shown what a class player he is.
Siem de Jong is being handled carefully after last season’s injuries, but we hope that both Gini and Siem can be starters for Newcastle this season, and along with Moussa Sissoko, we should have a very strong engine room next season.
Jack Colback has also been playing well in one of the holding positions in pre-season, and looks the steady consistent player we brought in as a free agent from Sunderland last summer.
Southampton are a good side, and it’s going to be very tough for Newcastle on Sunday, but all 3 points would be a great start for us.