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The Really Surprising Thing About Gini Wijnaldum Yesterday

4:57 pm, Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 75 Comments

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.

Tags: Georginio Wijnaldum · Man of the Match · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM

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

  • 2 cyprus // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    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?

  • 3 JDdubai // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM


    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.

  • 4 cyprus // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    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.

  • 5 SA Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    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!

  • 6 barkel // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    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

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    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.

  • 8 barkel // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM


    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)

  • 9 Reyantoon // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Jail – your question is weird @7 🙂

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    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

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    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.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:49 PM

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

  • 13 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    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.

  • 14 scout // Oct 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Lets remember we were playing Norwich City.

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:01 PM


    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.

  • 16 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:04 PM


    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.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:06 PM

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

  • 18 dok - the horrid colonial // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:10 PM


    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…

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    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 !

  • 20 toonking // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:11 PM


    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.

  • 21 dok - the horrid colonial // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:12 PM


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

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM

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

  • 23 toonking // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:16 PM


    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

  • 24 cyprus // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    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?

  • 25 cyprus // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    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 🙂

  • 26 Novocastrian66 // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:39 PM

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

  • 27 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    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.

  • 28 firebug666 // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    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.

  • 29 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:52 PM

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

  • 30 Online Guy // Oct 19, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    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 .

  • 31 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    @29 massive

    unfortunatly for you i dont play with little boys 😉

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

  • 32 cyprus // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    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…

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:14 PM

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

  • 34 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    @33 jfa

    aye it happens lol

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    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.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Welcome to my world !

  • 37 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    @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.

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    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?

  • 39 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    @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.

  • 40 Mister Tuff // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    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.

  • 41 firebug666 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    If our team comes out and tries next week we should claim the makem scalp.

    Fat Sam will try to avoid playing football and lump it up field to his forwards hoping to out head our poor defence.

    We have shown that we can counter attack and score goals now, but we need to close players down faster and take control of the games.

    I’m going for an early prediction, and think we will win this one by 2 or 3 goals.

    Hope Mitrovich can keep his cool though, we cannot afford to lose him.

  • 42 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I gave up on SDJ. I knew it was a loss on our side. SDJ looks too lazy to play in EPL. There is no way he can play with Sissoko, Perez and Wijandum. He cant counter attack.

  • 43 Lindisfarne // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Not been watching much of the rugby but have been keeping abreast of events through the radio. Was very much struck by one commentator who said used Australia (prior to yesterday) as an example of excellent adaptability, playing the opposition and focusing on the match. In each of their games they have had to play a different strategy to gain the advantage and win.

    I thought it was a very valid point and whilst yesterdays result was marvelous and a great confidence boost for the players, the next match is likely to be completely different. Therefore it will not be a case of attempting to repeat the same performance, improvements can be made on what went well as much as what was less successful. The major issue is improving possession, both retaining and creating chances.

  • 44 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Croftus, I don’t particularly care what you do with little boys. But your post suggests your either blind or an idiot. Mbemba had a bad game? Made more tackles and interceptions than any defender on the pitch! Haidara great defensively? Not at all, tho I do believe he’s better than dummet. Saylor our best defender? Enough said on that. Colback one of our best CM? the guy can’t/won’t pass it forward. And toney, gillead, heardman knocking on 1st team door? Really? What have they done to deserve a mention at all? This may all be your opinion but what is it based on?

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:36 PM


    It makes me wonder if Laschelles can be any worse, or even having a back five and removing one of the DMs.

    eg. Janmaat-Laschelle-Mbemba-Dummett-Haidara

  • 46 Slank // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    ‘You never answered my question though, do you think it will be with us that McLaren was referring to ?’

    In reality only McClaren and Sissoko know the answer to that. I doubt very much that the pair were thinking about Newcastle United when referring to a top four team.

    Something has to go seriously wrong with those teams that occupy the first four positions in the Premiership whilst at the same time something quite dramatic needs to change in our fortunes before he reach the dizzy heights again.

  • 47 Sliema // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Personally think the sissoko comment was a bit of an error on SMs part. He just starts a sentence and it ends wherever it ends with that bloke sometimes.

    Tbh he only said that if he performs well enough then he might earn a move to a top 4 club. In reality that is the case with any player on the planet. And it’s obvious that 90% of clubs will still sell anyone for the right price, we aren’t alone in that.

    I think he wanted to use the only thing he can think of to encourage sissoko to be consistent and put in the effort required. He’s probably tried everything else by now. Sissoko is one ineffective lazy lump when he’s not in the mood remember.

  • 48 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    @44 masive

    well atleast your trying to talk football now !

    try read what i posted again then untwist your words into what i actually put then i’m pretty sure you’ll answer your own questions without me even having to waste my time on commenting back.

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:41 PM


    I thought it was a very valid point and whilst yesterdays result #NUFC against Norwich#….

  • 50 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    Colback will always play no matter the change of any Head coach. Colback reminds of Carrick. Manure fans dont see his use but when he plays they look balanced. thats our COLBACK we look balanced wen he is in the team.

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    will die for the toon army

    I wonder if SdJ has tried playing the Pirlo type role?

  • 52 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    @45 lindis

    no idea mate worth a try i suppose.

    imo lescalles is far too raw for the prem but like you say if its him or colo who would be the best choice !

    imo dummett should be a cb if he’s fit and ready as he did well when played there.

  • 53 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    @croftus, sorry for the childish comment but just sounded like your opinion was based on preference as apose to fact. Don’t think your statement can be backed up with any factual references. Just thought it was nonsense what you said

  • 54 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    will die for the toon army

    I like colbacks commitment and determination but just feel he doesn’t offer enough to to the team going forward. Carrick can play a defense splitting pass, colback offers little if not nothing attack wise

  • 55 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Mister Tuff

    I’m a toon fan, that’s all you need to know! Never posted for a long time, read this blog daily and get sick of bullsh@t comments so thought I would give my 2 cents

  • 56 Tinman // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    What a game that was eh guys! Let’s forget about shipping two goals and Sissoko being too lazy to track back. Enjoy the win and the goals!! Last time we scored 6 anyone?

  • 57 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    @54 massive

    to defend colback

    you can make your own mind up if those stats are good or bad but which of our other dm’s was you comparing him too ? i can only think of anita or tiote and colbacks stats going forward are far greater than either of those.

  • 58 Mister Tuff // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    massive pleased to hear that – can’t be too careful these days.

  • 59 Tinman // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Post regarding this weekend for anyone interested! I don’t post all of my articles on here, so follow on Twitter @F_Newcastle to get every update. Another winning tip today. Looking for more guest writers, traffic is busier everyday, have your voice heard!

  • 60 Tinman // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Stoke penalty already. Will Mitrovic take ours? Did he take them for Ander? Anybody know

  • 61 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    @60 tinman

    i know wijnaldum used to take penalties no idea on mit though.

  • 62 Massive_Toon // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM


    Fair play, his attacking stats are better than Anita who is, I think his main competition as tiote is just a joke that should not play for us again. However I still don’t think he offers enough going forward for the ability he has. At Sunderland he looked to create and get involved going forward where as here he looks to just play it safe most of the time instead of being more adventurous

  • 63 Tinman // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Well I just checked it out, he got one penalty last season. We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope he takes them

  • 64 dok - the horrid colonial // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM


    think saylor will take ours :p

    well, when he replaces colo this week, who is hurt before the derby… again….

  • 65 jane // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    think Swans may find it hard to breakdown Stoke.

  • 66 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    EPL can b unforgiving. Swansea started very well I thought they were going to challenge the Top 4.

  • 67 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Colbac rarely makes a back pass. He is forward thinking compared to Anita and Tiote????

  • 68 NezzaNUFC // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Croft, massive

    Isn’t Colback formally role a DM?

    Same with Toite and Anita, these 3 aren’t knowing to be attacking CM’s like Sissoko.

    Which is why it bugs me as to why we sold Abied, similar role to Sissoko and a younger age who could of been a top player for us.

  • 69 Tinman // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Colback tends to spread it side ways to either one of the full backs. Something I don’t have a problem with. Thought we had holes in CM at times during Norwich game mind, playing 2 DM leaves us a bit open in between them and the strikers.

  • 70 NezzaNUFC // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM


    Aye mate, Colback needs an attacking CM beside him, maybe Winaldum?

    Sissoko, Colback, Winaldum, Aarons

    Could work.

  • 71 NezzaNUFC // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Could be a good 3’s a company on each flank.

    Sissoko, Colback, on the right

    Winaldum, Haidara on the left

  • 72 SUTTY1978 // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    We’re playing a flat 442 so both midfielders have to offer something going forward and back. We just done really have anyone particularly capable of doing either, although Colback is probably the closest.
    Actually prefer him playing in a 442 as he doesn’t try and do as much defensively. This may sound like a stupid comment but a lot of the large gaps in front of the CB’s are caused by him chasing round after the ball and leaving space. Sometimes less is more.

  • 73 croftus5678 // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    @68 nezza

    i agree on abied i thought the lad had a lot of promise and a very good all round game ! i’d have kept him ahead of anita or tiote or even siem/marv as there was a lot more use for his game.

    @69 tinman

    i also agree.
    a midfielder imo should be the heart of the team and involved in everything ! which is why i’m no fan of dm’s or acm’s as imo a cm should be able to do everything however i can see the use of a dm or an acm to some point if the players are exceptional at one or the other.

    i’d personally rather have 3 cb’s than a dm nvm 2 dm’s and have 2-3 all round cm’s who can attack and defend.

  • 74 welshgeordie9 // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    This referee tonight is like some of the clowns on this blog.

    Absolute joke.

  • 75 will die for the toon army // Oct 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Tinman that will never happen man.

    1.Aarons hasnt yet shown us anything.
    2. Haidara can never start ahead of Anita / Tiote
    3. Janmatt will always b regarded as a RB.

    My hope is that we get a proper winger in Thauvin or Aarons and drop one of those DMs and push Wijnaldum to CM.

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