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.

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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.