When Gini Wijnaldum gets the ball and runs with it, he looks just great in full flow and he is full of skill and movement – but even Gini couldn’t score for us on Saturday against Stoke.
Jack Butland did make a decent save from the Dutchman from a free kick when Jack put the ball over the crossbar in the second half – as the Magpies were pressing for the winner.
Gini is our third most expensive player ever – and he is starting to produce for Newcastle and in 11 games he has 6 goals and one assist – so that’s a decent return and the Dutchman will also get better as the season goes on.
Gini Wijnaldum – will get better as season goes on
The 24 year-old looks like he could become a great signing for us in the future, and he has talked today about his burgeoning partnership with the front two strikers – Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez.
This is what he said:
“The relationships are starting to develop.” “We’ve played a few matches together and it was always going to take a while because it was our first season.”
“The three of us are starting to get to know each other and are feeling more comfortable together, but it can’t only come from the three of us.”
“If we’re not scoring, it can’t be a situation where we can’t win games as a team. It’s important that other people are scoring as well.”
“If a team is too reliant on a small number of players to score, it makes it difficult.” “It’s not good if the team can only score between two or three players.”
“The whole of the team is frustrated and I’m sure the fans are too.” “We had a lot of opportunities to win and score a goal, but unfortunately, we couldn’t take them.”
“I don’t think the finishing was always very good and then there were a few chances where the keeper Jack Butland made very good saves. We have to be fair about that.”
“He made some really good saves, but there were times when we should have done better.”
We have a great chance to get out of the bottom three at Bournemouth on Saturday by winning the game and since after that game we have the two-week International break – it would be a great time to win our second league game of the season.
After Bournemouth, we host Leicester City at home and that will be a tough game against a team who are surprisingly 3rd top of the Premier League at the moment on 22 points under new manager Claudio Ranieri – a full 15 points more than Newcastle.
A win in that game would also be good – very good.