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The Only Difficulty Is Where To Play This Man

7:39 pm, Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

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 - fantatsic

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.

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Oct 20, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Ashley out lol

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    It’s difficult to know what the problem is really when he’s not playing!

    A bit like when Pardew opted not to play Cabella and when Carver took over Cabella was one of the better players in a poor team!

    Mbiwa couldn’t get a game either, Marv was never given a chance, Benny got degraded, Santon was suddenly behind both Hairdryer and Dummett and Abeid was not ‘good enough’!

    Maybe the coaches we have are looking at more British attributes? I am not going to put this down to the nature of the PL seing as other clubs don’t have this problem !

  • 3 optimistic prime // Oct 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM


  • 4 Mister Tuff // Oct 20, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    eel pie trio……………………………………………….OOT
    Chas n’ Dave fan club trio…………………………OOT

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Ed…that’s the position he had at Ajax!

    Personally I would love if we thought a little bit out of the British box…not in terms of the players we buy cause we are doing that already (and too extensive) but in terms of how we think football!

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Eel pie sounds like a waste of a perfectly good eel!

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:06 PM

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    37Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Just a few quotes from one of Pardews biggest fans here from the days when he was plaguing the blog with his pals, mag guvnor etc, just shows the little sh!t was on a wind up then and still is now a year and a half leter.

    welshgeordie9 // May 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    My version of what’s that coming over the hill by automatic

    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is it pardew is it pardew
    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is pardew is it pardew

    welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Is that what pardews says to Ashley when they are in the showers
    welshgeordie9 // Apr 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Why can’t we play good attacking football like Real Madrid

    Oh I forgot pardews in charge

    So what does that prove then Sherlock, that proves sweet fa, so i had a dig when we went on a bad run, does is it say i want him out, sissoko has been crap and I’ve said that on here do i want him out, no, so think again and try and find a way to get one over me because to be honest you i don’t think you will, can’t believe you have been looking at my old comments just to make a point, sad so so sad.

    Ha ha ha

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    You must have a lot of time on your hands.

  • 10 jimiley // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Ashley forever. our saviour.

  • 11 ZIPPIE57 // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Wijnaldum didn’t play for Ajax, he was at PSV

  • 12 jimiley // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    We should play him between ginola and beardsley. But he may not get in the team!!!

  • 13 gaz 44 // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Simple keep him on the left sisso on the right just let them have the freedom to roam..

  • 14 Jib // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Before PSV
    Gini was at Feyenoord -Ajax’s big rivals

  • 15 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    It’s simple. Play gigi on left wing. Him & sissoko on the wings, box to box, defend & attack. What’s the difficulty

  • 16 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Give him a free role because he is one of the few players at the TOON in fact him and Perez are the only players who can drift off their markers drop into space and either pick the ball up or run onto a pass/cross unmarked.

    See Bayern supporters didn’t come in the game with Arsenal until five minutes after the kick off in protest at the ticket prices.

    Maybe TOON supporters should follow Bayern’s lead and have a five minute stay out at away games where the opposition puts the prices up – I know there was some kind of protest at Liverpool last season

  • 17 Our Toon // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    It’s costing munich fans £67 per ticket for tonight’s game which is flipping outrageous!!

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Yes welsh I have and I’m getting paid good money for it, you’ve been on a wind up since you started using this blog !

  • 19 hibbitt // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    a good friend of mine tells me schoenmaker has siem de jong on a pre season / injury training schedule running weights all strength stamina muscle building every day for 1 hour before the other players arrive and they dont expect him to start a game till january

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I would argue Siem needs games to get strength and fitness (he could start the game and play one half)

    …would build up the confidence as well.

  • 21 OneAlanShearer // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    We need to stick to 442 every game. The same side. In January we need 5 players. A proper keeper, a world class centre back and a defensive playmaker are the key players. Then a left back, striker and cover for right back. Then I want to see a complete overhaul of our youth system. We need to take a very good look at Southampton’s setup. On top of that I want to see perez signed up to a longer term contract on good money. He is something special. Mbemba and mitrovic as well.

  • 22 Tsunki // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    By the looks Siem is still at the Bowl of Porridge and a jog to the Spar and back stage. Early doors.

  • 23 Toon Tang // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    The length of the win bar is slightly worrying. When will people learn that if the win bar is large we lose.

    I think Ed should whittle the win bar down a few notches so we at least stand some chance of getting the win.

    And I went draw by the way, if there’s one thing supporting toon over these past few seasons has taught me, its don’t get too overconfident after a win.

  • 24 Toon Tang // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Win bar

  • 25 Toon Tang // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    It needed to be written one more time as it wasn’t said enough in the first post..

  • 26 Blofal // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    The setup was good. Gini and Sissoko were constantly swapping wings and roaming freely. Thats why we scored 6 goals!

    It’s also however why we were so bad defensively.

  • 27 Average_Contents // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Win bar win bar

    Notch it down a few 🙂

  • 28 Average_Contents // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Win also….

  • 29 Average_Contents // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Wi…forget it.

  • 30 Average_Contents // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Bed time….

  • 31 JamesToon // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    If given the chance, would you swap McClaren for Pardew tomorrow

  • 32 Toon Tang // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Sleepy times hahaaa

    Win bar

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM


    Yes i would.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Just a couple of extracts from welsh first arrived with his pals and sent the blog in to sometimes as little as 10 posts a night
    mag // May 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Tskunki the medallion man of the blog

    guvnor // May 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Get on Tskunki, you beegee of the toon!

    guvnor // May 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Tskunki creeping around Heaton in his flares medallion and balding nappa!

    mag // May 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Oh dear! What a sight for sore eyes!

    mag // May 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Tds 5 paragraphs of nonsense!

    guvnor // May 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Antiseptic you were defeated by a superior mind, so give it up you failed miserably

    mag // May 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    The Guv, sends another pretender into a Graveyard spin!

    welshgeordie9 // May 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Mag and guvnor you two winding others up and not inviting me

    Shame on the pair of you

    Ha ha ha

    mag // May 12, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Welshgeordie, it has to be done lad!

    welshgeordie9 // May 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    It dosnt take a lot to wind people up on here

    welshgeordie9 // May 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM


    Are you sticking up for Ancientcoptic

    Ah bless that’s nice

    This was one night of many and he’s still here offering absolutely nothing else to the blog.

  • 35 Average_Contents // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Get that man a quiche quick (quick quiche?) before he hurts himself 🙂

    Definitely bed time

    Win bar

  • 36 Toon Tang // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    I like my quiche quick and women even quicker…

    Counting sheep to help you drift off like win baaaaaaaaar hahaaa

    Yes, think I may leave the jokes to others. Night

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    jesper – eel pie and jellied eels – traditional food of the Cockney and of the pro Percy Brigade remnants left on here.
    Their favourite music is the rubbish Cockney duo of Chas n’ Dave. (desperate stuff).

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Jail you are so sad just to make a point, yet again who cares what i say on here, get a life man, ffs.

    What are you trying to achieve anyway, or you just trying to score brownie points.

  • 39 SUTTY1978 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    I’m no fan of McClaren but we managed to score six in one game under him. If Pardew had been in charge we would have tried to shut up shop at 1-0. I would never take that chancer Pardew back. If you’re looking for an ex manager to look up to then glance over at Brighton. Hughton has them flying at the top of the championship with what is a pretty poor side on paper compared to others in the league. Good on him.
    It does kind of make you think there is still some racism in football when a manager as good as him cant get a gig in the premier league.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    So jail in your words what do you bring to the blog, give me one good example and then i will leave it.

  • 41 OneAlanShearer // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Siem is a good player who I think suits the 2nd striker role only. He is too slow for the midfield in this league. I would rotate him with mitrovic as a partner for perez as a sub. Thauvin needs very slow introduction. He needs to build himself up physically for this league and I’d try him in centre of a 4231 IF we ever play that way again.

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Toon Tang

    Like I’ve said to the other clowns on this blog, just because you were crap in the World Cup don’t take it out on me.

    Ha ha ha

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Can’t think of anything, I rest my case.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    48Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    West Ham are a living reminder that you can not excuse the shambles of last season on this one, they also had a very poor finish last season, lots of new players and a brand new manager who’d never managed in the PL before and ironically lost to one of the worst form teams of the time on the last day. We have had a continuation of last season because no one on the board can see where they went wrong and so we have a continuation of their disastrous decision making with Mikey ringing up every now and then telling them what to do while taking a back seat!

    A little bit better than your.
    “What we moaning about tonight ladies”
    Ha ha wouldn’t you say.

  • 45 WWSBRD // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    I’d say Jail brings a good opinion which opens up a lot of talking points personally

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Yet again jail apart from moaning about Ashley what do you bring.

  • 47 toon kk // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Our team is so unbalanced, every time we’re pushing back you expect us to concede a goal, our defence isn’t poor its shocking. Trouble is against any half decent side are pacey teams we struggle to get the ball never mind go forward. We badly need strengthening.

  • 48 jane // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    thanks Thump for answering my question this morning that I posted last night asking who pays Krul’s wages because he was injured on international duty, apparently ‘Newcastle United in line to receive a £1million pay-out for Tim Krul’s season-ending injury’

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    38Jail for Ashley // Nov 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I still think we’re short in midfield as was proved when Gouffran had to come on in central mid, ok that was bad luck having three injuries but take Tiote out and it shortens the odds.

  • 50 angelswithdirtyfaces // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Aye JfA If we’re having to play Gouffy as DM then we def do not have enough cover in the side.

    Could say the same for Colo as CB….

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    It’s a complete mystery what has happened to Bigi ?

  • 52 neverwin // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Surely the answer is to ask the player himself!!!

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