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Star Player Explains What’s Needed At Newcastle

4:26 pm, Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Ayoze Perez · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Premier League

76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    The Mackems get whipped SIX two at Everton. It proves what a shower they are.

  • 2 cyprus // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Bournemouth were well beaten in the first half but they showed great spirit, dominating in the second half, last game.

    We should beat them, but we must play for 90′.

  • 3 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM


    N o reason why we cannot put three or four past a very poor Bournemouth side. People build sandcastles there. I did not know they played football there.

  • 4 Reyantoon // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Villa fans must be dancing on the street :p
    Not big fan of Garde but I like to see how he does in PL.Still looks gamble appt though.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    So does not appointing him Reyantoon mate @4. They may start to give us a run for our money. We continue to struggle with injuries and inconsistent performances.

  • 6 Reyantoon // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    No fighting, biting,digging today eh..
    U know it’s boring here without those 🙂

  • 7 Reyantoon // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    G2 – r u disappointed he went there?

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    We will definitely finish top 18 Reyatoon mate. I have great confidence in that.

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    I am a bit jealous Reyantoon mate. I think he is a better manager than McLaren, especially with foreign players. Wor Steve is taking a long time to really get us going and we can’t afford that. His winning percentage is 9.1. Let’s not forget that either. Harrumph.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    If Steve would only switch to my 1-6-3 formation we would win (or lose) big. He should keep that in mind.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I am planning to patent the 1-6-3 formation and calling it the Geordie Two. Did you see Villa pull a Geordie Two on Spurs? Very brave indeed.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    That’s the kind of headline we’d all like to see! 😆

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Hmmm. Possibly I could attempt to set a new consecutive post record right now……

  • 14 JamesToon // Nov 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM


    I live just outside of Bournemouth and have watched a lot of their games this season on TV. They play some very good football and I really do fear that we might lose. We seem to struggle so much away to teams on the south coast. If our defence is not up to scratch on Saturday then I think they’ll beat us quite comfortably.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Nov 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Tiote is playing better. That is a great thing for us, He makes a big difference to the side by adding competition for those two central midfield places. And in Mbemba, Janmaat, and in particular, Sissoko, Mitrovic, Perez and Widjnaldum, you have genuine quality with their best years ahead of them.

    We are a few more like players from having the side that can realistically finish top eight and win something.

    That doesn’t look like a confidence trick. But a risk was taken, in allowing things to deteriorate so far before this rebuilding was begun, and now we are battling to stay up, when we should be playing unencumbered by such concerns.

    It’s a strange way to go about it. Unnecessary. But when you look at the quality there, and the great passages of play we have managed in the last half dozen games, there’s enough there to suggest the club means to do what they have said they will. Compete, with some style.

    We need to stay up though, and that should never have been the primary concern that it clearly has become.

  • 16 BandB // Nov 2, 2015 at 7:10 PM


    Good post.
    I said that their constant emphasis on fans forgetting the past and appealing to their faith and trust that this time they will deliver something different was a classic element of a confidence trick.
    It won’t have been if we finish in the top eight or win something (Henceforth know as “The Offer”) .
    But they didn’t put any kind of time frame on delivering on that. You just buy the product and take it on trust it will show up one day. It’s always in the post.
    A bit like a confidence trick.
    I want to fly people to the moon. It’s a definite hope of mine. But I wouldn’t sell tickets for it.
    Would you like to see hard evidence that I’m making genuine preparations to fly people to the moon?
    Sorry, can I refer you to my previous posts.

  • 17 BandB // Nov 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Anyway, I’ve got to get off now and send another £5000 of my life savings to the Prince.
    He’s the third richest man in Africa y’know, so he obviously has a talent.
    Can’t think why he picked on me!
    That’ll make £18,000.
    But I’ll get my money back one hundredfold.

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Nov 2, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Trips to the Moon – plenty of space cadets on here would sign up for that.

  • 19 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Sir Tuff,

    sign me up! I can only hope that on the side of the rocket a big “sports direct” banner will be displayed, in case any martians or extra terrestrials need some quality gear….

  • 20 croftus5678 // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    ffs hairdryer injured aswell now 🙁 how mny more injuries ?????

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    All of our young defenders always get injured !!

  • 22 Our Toon // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Haidara is utter rubbish as it is so not a miss at all.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Spurs ahead of Villa 1-0. More stress for Garde.

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Good post jimmysmith @15. I’ll wait and see where we sit at Christmas and how we are playing.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Garde has got more work to do than mcclaren, villa very poor.

  • 26 Our Toon // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM


    Agreed but he has some decent players there, I hope they go down though after how they behaved with us when we got relegated at villa park!!

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Injuries already mounting. Lots of pressure for McLaren. Let’s see how he handles it. Our squad is thin and now with injuries completely insufficient. Not enough spending on good defenders for years now. That is a killer in the Prem. Ask other poor defensive teams like Sunderland and Villa.

  • 28 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Spurs are actually so solid at the back we could have had Dier, Vertonghen and Alderweireld for less than Thauvin and Cabella!!

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    But we won’t spend on defenders Lee Bunga mate. We only spend on young MF and attackers because the produce the highest returns when sold on.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    should read they produce the highest returns. That shows Ashley is only interested in quick profit, not building a winning side.

  • 31 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM


    Thing is thats not even true its just our clubs stupid way of looking at it !

    Mangala 35 million , Otamendi 30 million , David Luiz 50 million !!!

    If you get a decent ball playing defender who can defend they will go for big money

    Also if we had a solid defence our attacking players could play with more freedom and get better stats which could allow us to sell them for even more than we already do !!

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    2-0 Spurs now.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Have to agree Lee mate but Ashley has his proven way of doing things. Look what we’re achieving under him.

  • 34 Our Toon // Nov 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Alderwireald didn’t stay at Southampton who he was on loan to, they had first option and he rejected them for Spurs, players like him and vertonghen would only be with us for 1 season max.

    The wages they’ll be on as well will eclipse what Cabella and Co get here

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Still it might be a good idea to try and improve our defense Our Toon mate. We see what happens when we don’t prioritize it.

  • 36 lochinvar // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    And guess who scored number two for Spuds – that’s right Deli Ali

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Anyone care to predict when we’ll win our first silverware under Ashley?

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    This is where the extreme optimists should weigh in.

  • 39 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM


    We will win the Fa Cup this season with Armstrong scoring the winner !!

    Hows that? ha ha

  • 40 Our Toon // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Geordie two

    I’ve been saying for years the defence needs improving but look at a team like Watford, no star defenders but they are a well drilled unit, hard work and excellent coaching by a superb manager in Flores!! Why the fusk do we keep going British with managers?

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Good question Our Toon mate. I think it’s because Ashley is more comfortable with Brits and many of the foreign managers have more ambition. We always choose poor quality who will mainly keep their mouths shut.

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I like that prediction Lee mate. What are the betting odds? Should be about 1000-1for the cup and 10,000-1 for a win with Arma scoring! Should a nice 10 pound bet. 😆

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I wonder what kind of money Garde will have in January? It had better be a lot.

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Villa might be able to save themselves with 6 good incoming or if Garde really pumps them up and gets at least 3 in (which I think is more likely).

  • 45 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    @Our Toon

    Flores went to Watford and within 2 weeks had decided which players in the squad were not premiership quality nd had to be dumped and had came with some players that he wanted to sign

    Charnley would have had a heart attack at the staff turnover that Watford seeing as the guy seems only to be able to do one deal at a time !!

  • 46 sing in the corner // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I wonder if Garde fancies making us an offer for our much sought after exotic Argie centre back captain?

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Would Ashley actually be secretly happy with a 15th place season? Winning something? Does Mike actually understand what that requires in terms of quality players and management?

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Just curious about what people think. Does Ashley actually understand what is required to win something?

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I hope we can beat Bournemouth although when they brought on the pacey players in the 2nd half they looked a danger

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I wonder what Mike’s acceptability cutoff is now? Would he sack McLaren if we finished 16th or 17th? What about if we were relegated?

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    That’s a good question sing mate @46. What would it take for us to part with him? I mean we just gave him a contract extension so we must highly value him.

  • 52 sing in the corner // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Well G2 what Villa need is someone who understands what it takes to get relegated. They have never been out of the PL…

  • 53 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Well then they should be asking Ashley how it’s done sing mate. He’s close to being an expert now. Loves to hang about the bottom of the table while promising the supporters silverware.

  • 54 sing in the corner // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Dunno what all the worry is about. The worst 4 teams in the league are so shoyte 26 points may be enough to stay up this season

  • 55 sing in the corner // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    ..and I think we’ll be good for at least 26, 🙂

  • 56 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Pity those Villa fans having to put up with Remy Garde. We would not touch him with a barge pole.

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Well we have Johnny Carver to bring in if we get into trouble (or stay in trouble) in the second half of the season jimiley mate. I’m sure he would take time off from his spa to save us. 😆

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    So we’re going to do a tremendous surge to 26 points for the season are we sing mate? That could be as many as 6 more wins!

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    How does an owner who is completely clueless promise anything at all? He’s going to stay until we win something? That would make him the first immortal owner…. Hmmm. Very disturbing thought. 🙁

  • 60 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM


    Garde or MCClaren? No contest. We dodged a bullet there mate.

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    So you’re pleased with Schtevie jimiley mate? We don’t get points but mind we do pass the ball very cleverly back and forth between defenders to improve our possession and pass completion stats! Beautiful.

  • 62 the broons // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    anyone who thinks we will survive with less than 40 points are living very dangerously.
    I will gurantee you teams will go on their runs sooner or later, newcastle and sunderland included. It’s who can maintain that run of form for the longest who will stay up.

  • 63 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    But the owner considers “winning” 4th place is a trophy. I remember we sacked a guy (not a bad sort) when we were 5th after a few games. Freddie knew you cannot win 5th but you can win for 4th. He and Mike are very much on the same wavelength. Somebody should have told Freddie that Sir Bobby still had three quarters of the season left to climb one place. Sacked for 5th???? Schteeeve cannot believe his luck. The owner is too tight to pay out. Thats the only reason Schteeve is safe. The other two teams in the bottom 3 have got rid. Pronto.

  • 64 the broons // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Geordie 2

    its not hard to realise he has improved things in a very short amount of time. I hate excuses however Mcclaren is alright to feel like he has been a little hard done by this season by results.

  • 65 the broons // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:14 PM


    as disgraceful as sir bobby’s sacking was he most certainly didn’t have us 5th when sacked. The previous season we finished 5th aye but we were bottom half after a poor start to the season.

  • 66 jimiley // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:17 PM


    I agree with your superior memory.

  • 67 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    I think we have more confidence on the ball now broons mate. But 7 points from 11 games? Every team can claim they should have had better breaks in games but it’s meaningless. It doesn’t provide any points and we still have one of the worst defenses in the Prem by far. I just don’t get it. What is Carr thinking? Has he got a price limit for defenders that he can’t work with? Eight full years of this bollocks now.

  • 68 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    16th place with two points on 30th Aug 2004…..

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Interesting stat angels mate. I wouldn’t want to try that too often though. Still, if we are an improving side it will show up in the results eventually. But another bottom 6 finish? What’s it really worth? Or do people actually think we can reach mid table this season? We would need to go on a fabulous run at some point.

  • 70 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    I think the January window will either be the force behind a surge of renewed glorious enthusiasm, or the kind of feeling you get in your gut when you get home and realised you left your wallet and moby on the counter at the Spar.

  • 71 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    G2 you realise you will have to mothball your doom and gloomering for a few weeks if we trash Bournemouth? 🙂

  • 72 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Thing is with SBR it was a weird time, lots of discontent in the dressing room a few troublemakers and no-shows were ruining the team and this,was construed as SBR losing the players. It was more panic from. FFS and the board who thought they’d better act quick, too hasty as he later admitted. It was blamed on certain quarters of the fans at the time but nothing like the groundswell of the Pardew Out Crew / Rabble / Clowns / Mob / Gathering / Jokers…… who in actuality DIDN’T get Pardew Out.

  • 73 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    I wonder how long it will be before Villa consider having to Fire Garde? Fire Garde ha ha ha geddit Fire…..Gar… never mind.

    ” Right, Garde, we’ve had enough of your BO….”

  • 74 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Is there a window open upstairs it’s awful draughty in here….. ?

  • 75 Tsunki // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Looks like everyone’s got fed up of all the doom and gloomers and skipped over to ITV3 to cheer themselves up watching unjust hangings from forty years ago….

  • 76 lesh // Nov 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM


    Fire Garde? 😐 🙂 😀

    Sounds as though you’re trying to usurp Welshy boyo as the blog comedian.


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