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.
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.