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Future Newcastle Captain Talks A Lot Of Sense

9:24 am, Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Georginio Wijnaldum will in all likelihood be the Newcastle captain starting next season and even before that if things don´t improve significantly on the field before say the end of January.

If that happens we are going to be in real danger of relegation so we hope we can put some wins together in the next couple of months – but there´s a lot of hope in that statement.

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Gini Wijnaldum has played well this season

Gini has shown himself not only to be one of Newcastle´s best players this season, but he is also down to earth and already has the experience of having captained PSV to last season´s Dutch Championship when he was also voted the Dutch player of the Season.

This is what Gini has said in the Mirror today:

“I was captain of the team who were champions last season. They don’t buy me as a player to learn here, but one to perform.”

“We must try to get the team together. No one player can do that. You need a few players to hold the team together and make sure it is a team.”

“You have a manager and he can’t do it on his own. You need five or six players to keep a team together.”

“One game ago we beat Bournemouth. We didn’t play a good game but the spirit was good.”

“People will say there is no spirit if results are bad. We have spirit in the team. But we must show it every time, not three times yes, one time no. We have to have faith in each other to have a good spirit.”

“Whistles from the crowd don’t help, but I understand what the fans are feeling. We have to show them we really want to win.”

Newcastle can make up for last week´s disgrace at Leicester by winning the game today at Selhurst Park.

We really hope they can do that.

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33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

  • 2 sparky55 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    just made pretty much the same point on talksport this morning.

  • 3 geordieboy83 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM


    Morning mate, it’s really quite sad when I look at that team. We should never be in the position we are. 8 or 9 players there, if we didn’t have them and we thought we could sign them we would be over the moon. Yet somehow we do have them and they can’t perform consistently its frigging head doing


  • 4 sparky55 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    None of the players we bought have been for the right reasons…they were all bought with sell-on values in mind, not to come in and do a specific job.

    Therefore we have a nucleus of players who actually don’t fit together so the end result is a sum less than the individual parts.

    pathetic short sightedness from our esteemed fat controller.

  • 5 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    La Gazetta dello Sport is quite well respected.

    Today in an interview with Clarence Seedorf it turns out the secret contact would appear to have been when Pardew walked (Seedorf was one of the 80) and he also talked to QPR as well.

    A complication for any prospective employer is Clarence still has a contract with Milan until next June.

    This is all from an interview with the BBC which I think may be screened on Football Focus later today.

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    We are not going to get the best out of Wijnaldum playing him on the left wing especially with Dummett playing beside him it would maybe work with a pacy full back next to him who could provide the width so he could drift into the middle

    I hope Mclaren ditches the 442 because you just know Pardew will play 451 and try and dominate us in the middle

    I would play 433 with Perez and Thauvin as inside forwards cutting in on their strong foot Mitrovic up front and then Anita , Sissoko and Wijnaldum in the middle

    Put Mbabu at left back as well

  • 7 nut meg // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Two former managers plus the present head coach on a board that has only 4 members and we still can’t buy the type of player we urgently need. Surely Carr & Moncur can see what is required,they should be on Charnley’s case 24/7.

  • 8 santoon // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    if we keep playing gini left mid we really should buy jetro williems since they played together at psv, his crossing and long balls are crazy and would give mitrovic alot more chances to score

  • 9 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Against the Mackems Pardew used his pacy guys Zaha and Bolasie to try and “buy” Palace free kicks for Cabaye to score.

    The Mackems stayed double banked and stuck to their tasks manfully (typical Allardyce team )

    It pains me to say it but Clattermole was very good.

    I have been told that McClaren would have liked to have obtained Clatters (he was a big part of his formative years at Boro) for NUFC but was told the fans wouldn’t countenance it.

  • 10 lochinvar // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Crystal Palace will be without Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle for Saturday’s game with Newcastle ( Croydon Advertiser )

    Is this accurate ?
    Does it change the odds for us ?

  • 11 SPRINGY // Nov 28, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    morning all
    gini played his best at psv from what i’ve seen of formations as a right side of a 3 man midfield….so maybe a 433 might suit him and the team better…something like this…
    if that formation was to be played

  • 12 JamesToon // Nov 28, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    433 is the way to go, give marveaux a chance as well.

  • 13 JamesToon // Nov 28, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    no gouffran

  • 14 Munster Mag // Nov 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    As I said before, one of our biggest problems this season is that Sam has arrived at the Mackems. That almost certainly means they will stay up, if only by a point. Meanwhile we have Mr Woah Corporate Speak wittering on about consistency and showing everyone that either he has no backbone by keeping Colo, or that the club put him over a barrell re Colo pr season. Meanwhile Paliss will be a fret today . Croftus, re previous post, if you think Sissoko is a complete midfielder you must have been on the sauce last night. He cant tackle and he cant pass consistently!!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    I’ve been told that Ashley and Churnley are a pair of cnuts.

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Wow – Moanster is on early today – build up to the match no doubt.
    I would imagine his preparations to support his love fest with King Percy will be a few Irish jigs to the music of Chas n’ Dave and a nice slice of eel pie.
    MMMMMMmm Tastyyyyyyyyyy.

  • 17 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Low hanging fruit 🙂
    Ha ha ha

  • 18 AncientC // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    *Looking forward to Pardew’s soppy face when he gets turned over twice in the space of a week, by a N.E. side.*

  • 19 Munster Mag // Nov 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Oh Lordy, the low hanging fruit is on, to display his witty intellect and braod mind developed from travelling widely. I’m tired of explaining that Pardew was just bang average at best, and I will be thrilled if we get 3 points today but we seem to have bought a dud in SMC, and Carr has stuffed the squad with lightweights , many sourced from the same agent apparently.

  • 20 sing in the corner // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    ‘Whistles from the crowd don’t help…’
    Don’t start Wij, don’t even go there. You’re not even Capo yet. When the crowd have had to put up with shocking shoyte for most weeks for long enough…they’re entitled to voice a bit of frustration when the team is behaving in a clearly gutless manner yet again.

  • 21 anthc // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Well I’m sorry gini but stop the ashley talk and do it on the pitch. You’ve had a few moments but imo more average/poor than good. These players who use us as a stepping stone need to man up and pull their fingers out. None of our squad would make it into a top 8 side at the minute nevermind a c/l team. it’s gonna be a long afternoon so dig deep and don’t just roll over and take it. Fight, passion, pride and effort needed today not pathetic repeated excuses afterwards.

  • 22 sing in the corner // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    ‘People will say there is no spirit if the results are bad…’
    NO! Fans will say you are showing no spirit if 10 out of 11 jog around like they couldn’t give a damn, dumbly accept a good rogering from teams / clubs we should be BURYING every time.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    They don’t live in the real world pal

  • 24 sing in the corner // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Yeah I know, but I thought Wij might have his own mind. Don’t want him as Captain if he’s just gonna trot out the same old crap and imply the fans should never voice their opinion, then lamely add he can understand how they feel. He’s a long way from being able to understand it..

  • 25 sing in the corner // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Just saw the Leicester goals again on the Sky build up, and I’m bloody angry again. It’s an insult to watch Colo and his merry shirkers trotting around, it really is. I want to see some FIGHT, some COJONES Mr Colocinni.

  • 26 firebug666 // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Alan Pardew in programme: ‘I was proud to have been manager of Newcastle and 90 per cent of the time I spent there was positive.

    It might have been positive for him, but it was bloody awful for the rest of us.

  • 27 Thump // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Careful, Firebug – some people on this blog will see you hung, drawn and quatered for daring to question the King.

  • 28 firebug666 // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM


    I can always hide behind the couch till the nasty pasties move on. pmsl!

  • 29 firebug666 // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Elliot • Janmaat Mbemba Colo (c) Dummeyy • Sissoko Wijnaldum Anita Colback • Ayoze Cisse

  • 30 AncientC // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Back to the 4-2-3-1, yawn.

  • 31 firebug666 // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Gouffan, De Jong, Mitrovic

  • 32 Ron Knee // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Gouffran not starting? We’re doomed!

  • 33 firebug666 // Nov 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM


    We are the only club in the league that you can say “we are doomed” regardless of who starts.

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