The Really Surprising Thing About Gini Wijnaldum Yesterday

We were absolutely thrilled the way Gini Wijnaldum kept turning up to put the ball into the back of the net in yesterday’s game against Norwich City and the Dutch International scored four goals in the win and has six goals for us this season – and he’s the top scoring midfielder in European football at the moment.

But in our Man of the Match poll Moussa Sissoko got 14% of the vote to Gini’s 76% and when a player scores four – the first time since Alan Shearer did it when he was at Newcastle – you would probably expect him to get even more than that.

wijnaldum sissoko after first goal norwich

Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko celebrate after first goal
Moussa put a wonderful defense-splitting ball through to the Dutchman

Former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson was at the game for the BBC and he made an astute observation on Match of the Day 2 which was on BBC One last night:

“It was really strange in many ways that Wijnaldum has scored the four goals in that game when quite honestly – this is going to sound nuts – he wasn’t in the game that much,”

“We’re looking at the game going ‘Sissoko this, Sissoko that’ and all of a sudden Wijnaldum has got four goals.”

We are very happy that a player who is not much in the game for us can score so many goals – long may it continue – Gini is born to score goals with all that skill he possesses – what a player.

Just think what may have happened if he had been in the game!


It was very good to see Moussa Sissoko play so well with three assists and he was certainly on form from the first whistle.

But one negative that he did correct in the second half was that he did not track back for both of Norwich’s two first half goals – and that’s why the wingers on both occasions had so much room to put the crosses in from which Norwich scored both their goals.

But Moussa was a lot better in the second half and in fact before the fourth goal he was back around the right back position and won the ball, then he did a one two and moved inside the Norwich half – there was seemingly no danger at all to Norwich.

But then the Frenchman put over a superb pass to Mitrovic and the Serbian gave a display of how to control the ball with your chest before he expertly slammed the ball into the back of the net.

Great skill from Aleksandar who is turning into a very good center forward for us.

This is some of what McClaren said after the game yesterday:

“It was great to see Gini get his rewards and Moussa Sissoko also showed what he can do.”  “He wants to be a top four player and he will be if he performs like that.” 

What and leave Newcastle?

Full credit goes to Sissoko for a very good game yesterday – he helped turn things around for us – now if we can only learn how to defend.

And next up is a game at the Stadium of Light – we must not lose our sixth time in a row against the Black Cats and a win would be absolutely terrific.

Comments welcome.

75 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #1

    He is the biggest sounding fanny in football.. along with Garth Crooks who is a little weirdo !

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll agree with Janm needing to work on his defensive duties. Can’t question his ability going forward but can question his ability in defending. He leaves horrendous spaces back there, gave away a pen (not given), a foul on the edge and left Mbemba to defend that RB too many times.

    I like him, as a player, having said all that 🙂

    Though he needs help there, Steve should look into that, too many goals conceded from there.

    Colo had a very good game, btw. The goalie was alright too, quite ‘solid’. I’d like to see that poster’s comments…

    We really should not be criticising too much, anyone. To concede 6, then score 6, which team has ever done that?

  • JDdubai

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #3


    Think the baove players are capable, in a year or so, to be challenging the top 6.

    Thr rest are currently the level below or squad players. If we can get another 1 or 2 in January who are at the Wijnaldum/Mbemba/Mitro level, then 2 or 3 more in the summer then we should be in decent shape.

    Liked the look of Redmond yesterday too, still only 21, if/when Sissoko leaves id be happy if we were trying to get him in to replace, either first choice or backup.

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    What was great to see yesterday?

    Sissoko’s surging runs, leaving everyone in his dust and ending with some amazing assists.

    Wingi ending up as a ‘secret’ CF, with those two running all over the place and an extra man whom they couldn’t deal with.

    The Mitro-Perez potent partnership and incredible goals from both.

    The solid displays by Mbemba, Colo, Anita.

    Can they do this vs. Sunderland? Don’t see why not. They ain’t as good as Norwich.

  • SA Toon

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #5

    What a game of football! I couldn’t help getting that sinking feeling when they equalised and again when they got their second, but the finishing was top draw. Still a little wobbly at the back, but I like to think that will come too. Holding thumbs we can keep up the momentum for Sunday. That would really turn our season around!

  • barkel

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    conceding 6 then scoring 6 – apparently we’ve done it before! according to the very reliable guys at they have said:

    Sep 27th 1902 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 1-6
    Oct 4th 1902 Notts County (h) won 6-1

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Slank won’t answer my question, will anybody else, when Mclaren said about Sissoko if he keeps playing like that he’ll play top four, do you think he meant with us.

  • barkel

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8


    I’m guessing he means with another club, it’s very ambitious for us to be thinking top 4 with our unpredictable squad. This season we’ll be scraping top ten at best, it’s hard to see that much better for next season (unless he thinks we’re going to be relegated this year)

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail – your question is weird @7 🙂

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Sissoko and Wijnaldum are there to attack not defend . Then wat do the two DMs doing . They have
    to protect the back four .
    Colback and Tiote/ Anita didnt pass the centreline

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    The reason I asked Slank was because he was saying the ‘new’ Mashley won’t be selling our best players, yet here we have a manager encouraging a player to play his way in to the top four, now what with the new Mashers not selling our best plsyers anymore, he must mean us, if not we have another manager putting our players in the shop window.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Slank can’t and won’t answer the question because it completely contradicts his argument.

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Krul, Mbemba, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez and Mitro are our future we keep those then we will b in the Top 6 in 3 yrs time.

  • scout

    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets remember we were playing Norwich City.

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #15


    We all have to wait till Next summer window to see if its the new Ashely regime. If we resist any sales then we r in for buliding a new NUFC.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #16


    I suppose it’s only normal for you to have a keen eye for fanny sounding weirdos, nobody better to hand out those accolades on here than yourself, given your experience in those fields.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Yet you’ve decided to copy my name you weirdo, in your face !!!

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18


    yes, lets keep in mind it was Norwich… however, these are the teams we need to beat exactly like that… not like showing up for the “big” clubs, then being houdinis and having a watford result…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve got to seriously hope for bad weather on Sunday otherwise I’ll miss the game, which won’t be good, can’t wait to see the look on Hippo Heeds face when we smash five past his hapless shower of shite !

  • toonking

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20


    I always thought them 4 qualification spots were just described as champions league positions. Top 4 usually means the 4 clubs Chelsea. arsenal manure and originally Liverpool but now city.

    He must be telling sissoko he still has the chance to get a move if he continues playing as he did and cashley still get’s his chance of a large cash sum.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #21


    cant we all agree, that handing out a beating, no matter the opponent, is better than always taking them?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Of course he doesn’t, the ‘new’ Mashers won’t be selling our best players, only players like Marv, Williamson and Obertan !

  • toonking

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #23


    don’t hold your hopes up yet. Ashey didn’t sell anyone last summer but who was there?

    we’ll see the truth revealed next summer when teams will be racing in for wij. rumors will begin come december

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Can we possibly not argue for one day on this blog… just saying man.

    Barkel, thanks for the info. So NUFC has done it before, albeit like 200 years ago! Has any other team conceded 6 and scored 6 the following game I wonder.

    We’re digging up those records. apparently it’s our worse start since 1898. How many teams were actually playing then?

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Ok, looked it up. In 1898 we finished comfortably at 13th, with a mighty 30 points (only 2 per win, I assume).

    I don’t see Arsenal, Chelsea, the two Manchesters there. So, which is the consistent team then? Did they even exist.

    NUFC 🙂

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye Lawro, Wijnaldum done nowt on Sunday, except score 4 goals.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    janmaat had a really poor game yesterday ! he made lots of silly mistakes and was not great going forward either but he is no doubt our best right back and is prob our player of the season so far.

    mbemba is another who wasnt at his best yesterday but is without a doubt our best cb.

    hairdryer is a must at lb imo as he’s great defensively and pretty decent forward wise also.

    saylor is prob our next best cb and lets face it he’s nothing to shout about so we desp need another cb imo with colo/williamson/good shown the door asap as i’d rather try mbabu at cb before any of those.

    sissoko/wij/colback are our best cm’s even though colback wasnt great yesterday and tiote needs to go as even anita looked a hell of a lot classier than him but i’d also lose anita as backup in honesty as i believe bigi is just as good.

    the wings we need to keep rolando and thauvin and pretty much dump ober/marv/goofy.

    and striker wise i think we can lose cisse/river/siem now as we have arma/tooney/gillead and heardman knocking on the first team door in the next few years.

    siem although he used to be one of my favourite players just doesnt have the sharpness or the pace for the prem imo although i’m not writing him off just yet as you never know what a bit of confidence does for you.

  • firebug666

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #28

    If he can pop 4 goals in the net every week I could live with Wijnaldum doing nowt all game.

    Cisse did nowt when he first came, except he scored 14 goals in half a season.

  • Massive_Toon

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Croftus, you are a moron! Are you 13 years old by any chance?

  • Online Guy

    Oct 19, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Is Alex Neil , in general a miserable B’astard ?. watched that curt hand shake with McClaren yesterday.end of game. A ..disgrace in defeat ..and his interviews on Radio and TV later had me looking for a razor..What a Misery .

  • croftus5678

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #31

    @29 massive

    unfortunatly for you i dont play with little boys 😉

    i suggest if your fishing for attention you should attend school more.

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #32

    The danger of predicting things in futty:

    But I guess most had predicted Chelsea would run away with it, to be fair. Sheer luck got them their last win…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #33

    How brave of the random first time poster to come on and abuse you like that !

  • croftus5678

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    @33 jfa

    aye it happens lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Your post certainly didn’t deserve that type of reaction from some random guy, it was quite a good post but I don’t understand how SDJ was one of your favourite players.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Welcome to my world !

  • croftus5678

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #37

    @26 jfa

    i see him in a few games in holland (not many mind) then when he came he looked and played great in friendlies !

    ofc friendlies are a different ball game though and faster more phsyical players have shown him to be poorer than i thought he was tbh.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #38

    I was very impressed with Perez linked the play from defence to attack yesterday, if he is sold in January we will struggle creatively. Hopefully getting rid of the deadwood and de Jong will be enough to satisfy the ‘Penny Pincher’, with a good run in the FA Cup for the Fans and Players…..oh, now now, it was only Norwich. Another five games before there is any real serious opposition, how many points away from 15 are we all hoping for?

  • croftus5678

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #39

    @38 lindis

    a good win against sunderland will be a bloody good start imo ! our defence must improve or atleast be avg for that to happen though instead of our kamakaze defending.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #40

    The blog is awash with multiples they’re coming out the woodwork/hiding under the bed.
    Don’t know who you are really talking to.
    Toonking -are you the original toonking who was going to leave the blog or another one.
    Massive_Toon – who are you -what did you originally post as – you’re not that other bloke mmm had Toon in his name -right dodgy character. Do you know Jib Jibberish – have you ever been to Wales on holiday or walked the streets at Pennywell. Come on man fess up.


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