I Play Champions League Football At Newcastle Every Week

Both Siem de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum have been talking on a Dutch web-site this week and we covered what Siem had said yesterday – that he hoped to make the breakthrough at Newcastle but if his couldn’t do that he would consider maybe moving back to Holland.

Gini Wijnaldum was asked in the same article on NOS why he joined Newcastle and he gave an interesting answer.

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Gini Wijnaldum – Premier League is high standard

When Wijnaldum signed for Newcastle for around £14.5M in the summer it was considered a coup for the club and he is already starting to produce for Newcastle with six goals and two assists in just 10 games so far this season.

He’s the only Newcastle player in the top twenty EA Sports ratings and is currently at number eight – not too bad at all.

Wijnaldum made the decision to move to Newcastle based on his gut feeling – and he doesn’t seem to regret it.

Gini says he gets the chance at Newcastle to play on the biggest football stage in the world – even if it means he doesn’t play in the Champions League.

This is what the 24 year-old said:

“I am mostly concerned with showing myself on a large stage, and showing how well I can play football. I made the decision based on my feeling.“

“Because the level in the league is much higher, it feels like every week I am playing in the Champions League. I also learn there and that helps my growth.”

Gini seems to be concentrating on improving his game and that’s not a bad goal for a 24 year-old – and it helps to play in the most competitive and most popular league in the world.

Newcastle are now a million miles away from playing in the Champions League and it’s likely in the next couple of years that the English Premier League is cut from four clubs to three clubs qualifying for the competition every season.

That’s unless the performances of the English teams in Europe improve – and improve quickly.

But Gini’s not bothered about that – it’s like he plays Champions League football every week for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s all over the Dutch press how impressed Gini is with the standard of the PL.

    On another topic , does it make me a bad person for feeling a sense of glee at Mathieu Debuchy’s total nightmare at Arsenal ?

    He’s now 30 and crying his eyes out at being dropped by France and looking for a move this coming window.

    On récolte ce que l’on sème – Frenchy

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    A lot players have thought the grass would be greener moving from the TOON
    mind you you could say the same for players coming to the TOON

    Would be interesting to see how many players:
    i) Have improved coming to the TOON
    ii) Went backwards coming to the TOON
    iii) Improved leaving the TOON
    iv) Went backwards leaving the TOON

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    The other defender that comes straight to mind is José Enriqué.
    Left us to get some caps for Spain – never happened !
    Lo que se siembra de recoge – mi amigo

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Tavernier is doing great at Rangers, is he still on our books. If he replicated that form here he would solve a few problems.

    Vukic could solve a few more.

    Debuchey will probably go back to France although I bet he would jump at the chance to come back to us.


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