One of the (slight) problems that Steve McClaren has with Gini Wijnaldum is where to actually play him in the Newcastle side – and recently in the 4-4-2 formation he’s played him out on the left wing.
Gini can play anywhere across midfield and we suppose if he needs to – he could always play up front too – especially alongside the physical Mitrovic.
Gini Wijnaldum – photo taken after his third goal
He scored a fourth after 85 minutes
Wijnaldum seems the perfect number 10 in that he is behind the front striker and he will always get chances – and with his immense skill and eye for goal he will score goals.
But he’s already scored 6 goals in only nine appearances so far, so he’s doing a great job for us and is now our top scorer by four goals from Mitrovic, Perez and Janmaat.
Wijnaldum has shot up the PL goalscoring table being in joint second place with Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez with 6 goals – three goals behind leader Jamie Vardy.
Gini likes playing in the number 10 role, and we’ve had Ayoze Perez play in that role in the last few games and he’s played well.
Perez is still improving this season, just like last season, and he has so far scored two goals for us, including a well taken goal on Sunday against Norwich.
McClaren feels Wijnaldum can play in any position given his footballing skills and eye for goal:
“We don’t quite know what he is.” “That’s the beauty of Gini – you can play him anywhere. He’s got the intelligence to do that.
“We’ve tried him in various situations, but we’re just hanging him on that left-hand side and giving a little bit more freedom.”
“He showed his qualities, his tempo, his finishing.”
When he was signed we though he would played the role Yohan Cabaye played for us – like the midfield general who sprays the ball around – and in the last few months at Newcastle Cabaye played well in the number 10 role and scored some goals for us.
24 year-old Gini is starting to play like we know he can play as is 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic – who socred a great goal on Sunday out of nothing.
And Chancel Mbemba has been solid for Newcastle all season.
We only need Florian Thauvin to come through and give us a great display in one of these games to have all of our four summer signings starting to make a difference.
And our other new signing 19 year-old Ivan Toney is looking good and knocking them in for the U21 side.
Where would you play Gini in this Newcastle side?