Back in 2001 when Dutch left winger Bolo Zenden was at Barcelona and looking to move to England, Sir Bobby Robson was interested in bringing him to Newcastle, but he finally moved to Chelsea and ended up moving to Middlesbrough four years later where Steve McClaren was the manager there.
Bolo Zenden was a potential recruit for Steve´s coaching team at Newcastle in the summer, but it seems he turned down the approach,
Gini Wijnaldum – one, two, three, four goals
Bolo started his career at PSV whom he joined as a 17 year old and it seems fitting he is now the assistant manager at his first club.
Bolo joined the coaching staff at PSV in 2013 so he will have had one season there with Gini Wijnaldum and they won the Eredivisie and Gini was the Dutch Player of the Season.
The 39 year-old 54 times capped Dutch International winger has talked to Omnisport about Wijnaldum:
“I rate him very highly because he’s a player who didn’t move from Holland at an early age. He stuck around to be more important, to become the captain of PSV, to become a leader on and off the pitch and settle down.”
“He worked hard on and off the pitch and works as a professional should do and that’s why I really enjoyed the fact that he scored four goals (v Norwich). He’s a clever player and I was happy for him.”
“I think he made a clever choice. Sometimes you make a certain step and it’s the wrong one, but I guess at Newcastle he can work at his best and who says that Newcastle is his final destination.”
“If he continues to work at his best he may choose to stay at Newcastle, or some other big club may come along and he could decide to move on.”
“It’s always good to see when a player finds his feet quickly and maybe that’s got something to do with the fact the he opted to stay in Holland and be a bit more mature before moving on.”
With Mike Ashley as owner it´s always been difficult to keep our very best players and in the last few years we have lost Demba Ba, Loic Remy, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy to bigger clubs – but they ended up on the bench at Chelsea, Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal respectively.
However, we are still hoping Ashley now wants to build a good team on Tyneside and to do that it´s players like Gini we have to hold into.
The 24 year-old should only be sold if we get an Andy Carroll type bid – which would be a ridiculously high bid for Gini.
That should hopefully ensure he stays at Newcastle.