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Newcastle Could Lose Best Player Next Summer

9:24 am, Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

Georginio Wijnaldum is starting to settle in on Tyneside and he has played 9 games so far for Newcastle and scored six goals and has one assist.

In our last home game against Norwich Gini got the headlines with four goals and with each one of them he showed the tremendous skill he possesses.

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Gini Wijnaldum – doing so well recently

The former PSV captain was the Dutch Player of the Season before he joined Newcastle for £14.5M in the summer – the third most expensive player we have ever signed behind Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

The 24 year-old is already being noticed by the bigger clubs in the Premier League and if he continues this kind of form – especially on the goal scoring side of things – he will be a really hot item next summer.

And as always with Newcastle these days – with the club continuing to fall down the football ladder in England – the question will become – can we keep him at Newcastle.

If we are to build a top side as  Mike Ashley said last May then we have to keep players like Gini on board,  otherwise we come very similar to a bank – where making money is the only important thing.

We´ll just have to wait and see,  but Gini´s ambitions could also play a part and if he´s good enough why shouldn´t he play for one of the big clubs in England?

Unfortunately, Newcastle are no longer one of those clubs and while we were hoping to have a season in the top half of the Premier League  that may not happen and  we are already struggling with relegation and are second bottom of the league table.


It´s hard to blame top players at Newcastle who want to leave for a bigger club – because a football career is so short.

Rather we think the responsibility lies with the club for not having much bigger ambitions than we have shown over the last decade – in other words,  it´s our own (damned) fault.

So next summer – assuming we are still in the Premier League – we will want to bring in more top players to strengthen the squad – but holding onto a player like Gini Wijnaldum could prove to be very difficult – if not impossible.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sliema // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Way to go hyping this non expressed non existent interest in our players Ed.

  • 2 Jib // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Ed says

    What do you think?

    I think it must be a slow news day !

    Hang on I’ll have a sniff around .

  • 3 optimistic prime // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Good luck to Willo

  • 4 Jib // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    There you go !

    Werder Bremen have big money problems and will most likely sell us Jannick Vestergaard this January.

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Bloody hell Ed’s on another downer day
    Yes we could loose Wijnaldum like most teams they loose their best players when the big boys come in.
    Stop the bloody speculation and get behind the team.

    And yes we were a big team but Hall and Shepherd destroyed that dream by floating the club and taking out over £40 million

  • 6 Ravostag // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Why do you say bigger club ? We are as big as anyone you should say more successful clubs! With a different outlook. Come on dont undersell our great club just the owners and the mentality is the problem

  • 7 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Of course we could lose Gini – I think we’re all aware of that!

    Losing decent players’ll always be the case as long as the Club’s small-minded and has no ambition for glory.

    Fans reluctantly accept that and don’t, repeat don’t need such speculation – the more it’s bigger up the more likely the happening.

    No more speculation Ed, please.

  • 8 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Bigger = bigged!

  • 9 firebug666 // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    cyprus // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM


    This Colo guy can turn as fast as an aircraft carrier, or whatever, ok. But these carriers aren’t used for turning, they have other functions. A paddle boat turns faster, but is definitely less valuable.

    These CBs, your Terries, Ferdinands, etc. are pretty slow turners in general. For instance, the two internationals I mentioned have been horribly exposed themselves, a bunch of times, when played ‘wrongly’ or caught in the wrong place, such as having to chase a superfast forward.

    Not defending Colo, being the captain and the leader of the back 4, he must shoulder MOST of the blame for our annual defensive shambles. But, the fault lies in, maybe, all those back positions, and may include other team members as well.


    Thing is though your Terries and Ferdinands did not need to turn and run, (although they both did that well enough,) because they had positional sense, the could read the game, spot the attack and get into a position to make the block.

    Coloccini does not have that gift, he is often out of position, or just stood ball watching.

    Man U and Chelsea have never conceded the amount of goal we concede with Terry and Ferdinand in there teams.

    I agree it’s not just Coloccini, but he is the captain, he should be marshalling our defence, and getting our players in position, but then how could anyone expect that from him when he cannot even get himself set.

    As for the rest of the team, I wonder if they even know the captain is on the field.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    LOOSE = When an animal is running free.

    Sorry, yes I know the grammer police but it does my head in.


    decent point earlier re – fitness and trying to correct what has gone before.

  • 11 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    to be fair to the board they’ve not really sold anyone that they could have and should have kept since Andy Carroll and even that has proved to be good business. All clubs sell players, its part of football
    Ba had a release clause.
    Cabaye went on strike
    Debuchy for 12m was good business. They replaced him straight away with Janmaat who’s younger and in the last year has been available for many more games than Debuchy.
    Santon? maybe could have kept him, but they sold him at a loss. Tells me there was more in that story than money.
    Yanga-Mbiwa and Cabella – wrongly used by the managers, no point keeping them, we were harming their careers.

    If anything they’ve shot themselves in the bullet with a few players by holding on too long. Tiote, Krul and Ben Arfa at different times could have fetched in 12m + had the club cashed in whereas they ended up paying Ben Arfa to leave and Tiote and Krul are probably worth half or less what they would have been in the past.
    Pretty sure they could have cashed In on Sissoko and Perez and possibly Janmaat for huge profit on what they paid.
    I’ve no doubt Wijnaldum will leave. My guess is at the end of next season after 2 years. He’s too good not to be at the very top level and he’ll get better and better. My guess is though the club will get huge money for him eventually.

  • 12 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    @Cyprus/firebug – Not sure pace makes a centre back if they have a brain. Some of the defenders I’ve been most impressed with this season are some of the slowest I’ve seen. James Tompkins at west ham is painfully slow but has developed into an excellent player, similar is Scott Dann at Crystal Palace. Mertesacker has god knows how many arsenal apps and Germany caps and runs slower than some walk. Take that against say Lovren, Sakho, Mangala who are very quick centre backs but lack the ability to read a game.
    I think Coloccini can read a game well and has the attributes to be a good defender without pace. His strength is poor though, I think he could do with bulking up a bit, I think having pace in his game has gone by the wind, Mbemba can make up for that (quickest centre back we’ve ever had surely?) but players like Terry, Dann etc are all very strong and brave and I think colo lacks this!

  • 13 Bambams // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    I am just wondering. …..
    Willo to Wolves for a month, we are approaching January window….

    SURELY they MUST have a CB lined up

    I know he is not brilliant but he is cover. We must be bringing at least one CB in !

    See Austin has stated he is staying put, nowt to do with us in relegation places I am sure

  • 14 Sav // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Your Terrys and your Ferdinands? I thought there was only one of either and from memory, they both had the luxury of playing alongside 3 pretty decent, experienced defenders with a formidable DCM in front of the back 4. Unfortunately for our curly headed Argie captain, Colo doesn’t. Lets give the lad a break?

  • 15 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    We should be selling them a vision and keeping them here, but we don’t, we give them a platform then don’t bother trying to keep them and progress. We just start over.

    I get that you could always lose top players to bigger clubs, but NUFC just seemed to not be building anything up until last summer where we didn’t sell and actually recruited for once.

  • 16 toonking // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM


    Like they always say, english laungage is the hardest laungage in the world.

    you’ve got to think but weather people put ose or oose if you read the full sentance you’d know what that word itself sounds like.

    blame the oxford dictionary because non of this would happen if they used the letter Z instead of s that way we’d have two easy groups of words without the mistake

    choose, booze, lose.

    goose moose loose

  • 17 beardoz // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    rotonda “We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of pedants, who affect to talk in a language not to be understood.”

  • 18 beardoz // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    and anyway it’s grammar not grammer – that’s the bloke who plays Frasier

  • 19 toonking // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    the ose itself is not the same sound in lose as it soulds in the word close

    That was clooze

  • 20 toonking // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:09 AM


  • 21 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    @Bambams – be nice to think there would be a centre back coming in jan, Matip is on a free in the summer and the club can talk to him in Jan so my bet is we’ll have to wait.
    Willos loan to wolves is possibly related to the fact that Steven Taylor was due to report back to training in November

  • 22 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Also, got a feeling Newcastle have never been interested in Charlie Austin. Not sure if speculation was created by his agent, or by the club to mask looking at other players but I think if we were going to sign him it would have been in January.
    Seen him enough last year to think he might not be a player we need. Relies a lot on other players and I think his stats are quite poor. His chance conversion isn’t great, his passing percentages are worse and he doesn’t hold the ball up well, gives it away a lot.
    Said before, he’s a very good poacher. Same as cisse is and same as Gary Linekar was. Just not sure the premier league is a place where that skill alone is enough now.

  • 23 Jib // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    If you look at my post @4
    Vestergaard is nailed on for us !

  • 24 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    We’re not making life easy for ourselves attracting a good enough centre half or CDM’s being in a relegation battle already…it’ll take some salesmanship to convince any decent player to come join us the position we’re in.

    This is where Keegan was priceless…not sure our current manager has that in him. It would have been easier selling the ‘vision’ to good players like Winjy and Mbemba and Thauvin in the summer, but if we approached these same players now about joining us in January then I don’t think we’d have got them.

    I think it’ll prove very difficult to get the players we need in January due to our lowly position in the league and we will have to play out of our collective skins between now and January to get the players we need in the window.

  • 25 Slank // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Jay @ 11

    You are absolutely right.

    For all the talk and predictions, especially from pundits, about Newcastle’s short sighted policy of buying young and cheap from Europe and selling off at a massive profit it hasn’t really hapenned.

    But I disagree with you about hanging on to Krul too long. Keepers keep going well after outfield players have hung up their boots. He is only 27. In his prime. In theory he has another 10 years left in him.

    My jury is out on Tiote. I still think he is the best midfield enforcer we have. I still think he can do a job for us. At 29 he should be at the apex of his career but thereafter slipping down the slope to retirement / sale.

    The club were justified in getting rid of Ben Arfa as he like Cabaye was trouble. Debussy was very good business especially and I think most fans would agree we now have a better right back.

  • 26 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    jayphoto really appreciate your posts so dont want to be seen as critical and have been away but would just like to point out the 2 players ncle should be interested in from lyon according to you 1 fekir who i also like did his cruciate and is out for the season 2 grenier has only started 4 games since march 2014 their results are much worse when he plays has not played this season and on top of that is lazy and gutless will never make it in the prem is 6 ft 2 but as physical as thauvin and cabella imo

  • 27 neverwin // Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM


    Give these comments a rest for goodness sake – What a stirrer you are at times.

  • 28 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM


    Like you, I spotted the potential risk of lending Willo out without a recall arrangement.

    We’re thin on defensive cover anyway and like him or not, he does have Prem experience.

    I’d like to think that if Willo does go out on loan, then there is a quality CB coming in, whether or not he’s not wanted hy Wolves.

    But I wouldn’t be surprised if the move’s just Charnley trimming the payroll.

    It’d be a first if Charnley’s got a quality CB lined up to come in on January 1. I suspect though that he’ll start negotiating on January 1, pi$$ about and then see it fail – agent fees, personal demands etc.

    As far as Austin’s concerned, we should have paid the £15m last summer as his goals might just have helped us avoid relegation. The usual story – refuse to pay over the odds and lose much more than that as prize money or relegation!!

    He’s in a position to take his pick of clubs and he’d have to be desperate or receive a massive offer to join us.

    We can but wait and see.

  • 29 DanToon // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    To the tune of ‘The Animals Went In Two By Two’…

    Who is that number seventeen – Perez, Perez
    He’ll always love the Toon he said – Perez, Perez
    We bought the lad from sunny Spain
    He gets the ball he scores again
    Ay-o-ze Perez, a Geordie ’til he dies!

  • 30 nut meg // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Maybe Williamson going to Wolves for a short loan spell is a sweetener to get Benik Afobe in. We’ve been reported to have a interest in him.

  • 31 DJM TOON // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    why are people telling ed to stop posting his views?

    for starters, its his blog… you do know that right?

    secondly, anyone that thinks any of the top four scouts are on this blog checking out what ed thinks of our players and ed’s giving away secret information is just bonkers.

    everyone here knows Gini will be getting loads of attention due to his performances in what is basically a dislocated team at the moment, every man and his dog that doesn’t support NUFC will be looking at Gini and will want the lad in their team, get used to it!

  • 32 solano // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Hahaha…a big club? A surfeit of small minded, parochial fans suffering from ‘battered wife syndrome’.
    “Get behind the team” they cry for the millionth time, blaming all who dare to point out the repetition of history.
    No other so called ‘big’ clubs’ fans would suffer so much without barely a whimper. That is why fans around the country have little sympathy with the plight of NUFC; we have nothing to positively contribute to the premiership and have let everything that once made us proud and unique be destroyed.
    Anyway, I was wondering if the goldfish-memory blind invertebrates could remind me of the words to this terrace ditty: “Don’t sell Cabaye….”

  • 33 lochinvar // Oct 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Well done to Boro for sticking one up Manures last night.
    Though the shining of 10,000 mobile lights in support of the Redcar steel workers and their families was a commendable touch.

    Just seems so incongruous that £50m has bee allocated to reinvestment into supporting the Redcar area but that £46m handed over to the Kids Company in London over a number of years has not been properly accounted for.

    Looks like yet again some politicians, some Civil Servants and would be celebrity well doers aren’t fit to do their jobs – doubt they would last five minutes in engineering industries.

    What our defence needs is steel !

  • 34 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    @1949 – I’ll be honest I didn’t know that Fekir had done his ligaments. I do like Grenier though.
    I’m still hopeful we have a player in Thauvin too though he really needs to put something in!
    Think my point was more that Lacazette wasn’t all that great and has had better players around him that has made him look better than I think he is.
    To be honest, I watch a fair bit of French football through being over there a lot, and if the toon proceed to buy gallic then I have preferences to who I’d like but I’m not sure it’s the right league to be buying from. The way that players from the top clubs in Belgian and dutch leagues tend to adapt to England for me makes them a better shopping ground. The academies at Feyenoord, Ajax and Anderlecht have proven time and time again to give young players the best apprenticeships to have a successful premier league career.

  • 35 Toonfan8 // Oct 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I think we need defender of Vestergaard calibre, he is a beast man, that is what we are now missing…199cm in height 96kg will help our defense…and we need centre midfielder

  • 36 jayphoto // Oct 29, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    @slank – agree theres still life in krul, and tiote I think. And I agree the club needed HBA gone. My point was more the club had a chance to sell these players when they were at their peak values, There was rumours of 12m interest in Krul and Tiote and 18m tag on HBA after we came 5th. The club surprisingly didn’t take up the option to cash in and now none of those 3 I think will ever fetch 8 figure sums

  • 37 Moonraker15 // Oct 29, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    What a stupid headline. He wont be going anywhere but your comment does us no good at all!

  • 38 jayarrscott // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Do you mean “grammar police”?

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