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Wijnaldum Could Move To A Bigger Club

8:50 am, Sunday, October 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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 four goals

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SUTTY1978 // Oct 25, 2015 at 8:51 AM


    SUTTY1978 // Oct 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    If Sissoko and Janmaat are on it today they will have Van Arnholt on toast today. They have a far bigger weak link at LB than us.
    Shame actually I liked the kid when he played for us in the championship but he’s gone backwards since then.

  • 2 SUTTY1978 // Oct 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    “Wijnaldum could leave Newcastle” so says ex-mackem Zenden.


  • 3 will die for the toon army // Oct 25, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Colo , Tiote and Cisse staying beats all our understanding but I think the club saw that for their
    experiences it wld work out may b for a year or two as we bring in the new players . Its good to
    have a player u know u can rely on once the new players dont work out.
    Imagine u buy a new CB , it doesnt work out or gets injured u know u have Colo to pass thru with
    his experience been there done that . May b that is wat I can think why they stayed .

  • 4 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    This blog never fails to deliver some real head shaking moments.

    It’s the morning of probably one of the most important Wear/Tyne derbies for years.

    The usual suspects are having a slagfest against the club captain !!!!!

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    I know who I woudn’t want on my side when the chips are down – and it isn’t Fabricio Coloccini !

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    No Jib,
    The blog was having a football related conversation as to who to play at CB until you reared your ugly head, the fact that Collocini being a CB brought him into that conversation where peoples feelings on him were discussed.

  • 6 cestriasteve // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Sutty it’s fair to say that both teams will be strong on the right side. It will probably leave Wini to ghost in and cause all the bother.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Cestria, hope so, he’s kind of unmarkable from that position. Knowing Fa Sam he will have been working all week on how to stop us rather than how they are going to play themselves but Gini is a difficult man to pick up drifting in from the left, particularly if Sam has their defenders taking responsibility for areas rather than individual players during open play.

  • 8 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Actually if you read him properly he’s quite complimentary.
    “He could stay at Newcastle or move to ANOTHER big club.”

    I think the new signings have bought into SM’s plan for taking NUFC onward and upward , look at Mitro’s comment about 206 goals yesterday, more quality to come in , just deadwood (or should that be squidward) leaving

  • 9 SUTTY1978 // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Jib, perhaps you should try putting forward the pro-Colo side of the argument then rather than just wading in to have a go at other posters. We’re all happy to have reasoned debate.

  • 10 Average_Contents // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:09 AM



    As BandB surmises, he’s the “company man” in the dressing room, weeding out defectors and dissedents for the regime.

    I also see this as the only explanation as to why he’s still here,undroppable, still captain and got that ludicrous 2 year extension.

    Feeling optimistic for today but also wary because they haven’t won yet, have hippo heed as their new toy and we all know how he likes to get one over on us the bitter b*****d and always seem up for it unlike us.

    We need to be switched on big time and take the game to the unwashed. Play without fear and don’t rush it, the goals will come. I just hope colamity doesn’t turn his back when blocking any shots (that’s if he’s close enough to any of their players in the first place) sissoko NEEDS to put in a good performance because for far too long he’s been consistently inconsistent.

    Perez and mitro will always work hard and create space for others so it’s just about the support they receive in the attacking third.

    Let’s smash em!



  • 11 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    The wriggle meister.
    You were flapping your lips about one of your pet hate figures on the morning of a derby.

  • 12 scout // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Why do you post stuff like this Ed, it applies to every player?

  • 13 KevinLee // Oct 25, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Stupid word Zenden, everyone can move To A Bigger Club

  • 14 Ravostag // Oct 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Bigger club? In terms of media coverage and spending money? We are big we just need an owner to reflect the fact

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