Star Player Explains What’s Needed At Newcastle


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.

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76 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • cyprus

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    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′.

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  • jimiley

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Cyprus,

    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.

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

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

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    G2 – r u disappointed he went there?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Jimiley

    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.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • BandB

    Nov 2, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Jimmy,

    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.

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  • BandB

    Nov 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    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.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 2, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #18

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

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #19

    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….

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #20

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

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #21
  • Our Toon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Welsh

    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!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    GeordieTwo

    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 !!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #32

    2-0 Spurs now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #33

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

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #34

    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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #38

    This is where the extreme optimists should weigh in.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #39

    @GeordieTwo

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

    Hows that? ha ha

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #40

    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?

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