Wijnaldum Shows Up Big Weakness In Newcastle Side

Gini Wijnaldum played very well on Sunday – especially in the second half and was the man mainly responsible that Newcastle came more into the game as an attacking force and while it would have been nice that he got both goals the first on e was an own goal by Martin Skrtel.

If the ball is deflected into the goal they usually give the goal to the player who last kicked it if his original shot was going into the goal but Gini’s shot was going wide – so we suppose it was an own goal.

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Gini Wijnaldum after scoring on Sunday

But the other side of that is that Gini did a lot of work to get that shot in and should have been given the goal.

His second goal showed just how good Moussa Sissoko can be – as his pass was inch perfect and the 25 year-old Dutchman showed his class as he delicately chipped the ball over the onrushing Simon Mignolet and the roof came off at St. James’ Park.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show earlier in the week and highlighted what is a concern for Newcastle this season:

“The worry for me is Wijnaldum is a midfield player and he is their top goalscorer.”

Newcastle have scored 16 league goals in 15 games this season and Gini has 7 of them – all scored at St. James’ Park.

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Our three strikers – Perez (3), Mitrovic (2) and Cisse (2)  have another seven between and we don’t have a real goalscorer up front this season – so far.

We are just not scoring enough goals and we are letting too many in – 30 so far in just 15 games – the most in the Premier League.

Let’s hope we can bring in somebody next month who can be a  real threat up front, because that’s been a weakness for the side so far this season.

And we are not even going to mention Charlie Austin in this article.


And of course if we do survive in the Premier League this season we could have trouble keeping Gini on Tyneside this summer with there bound to be some big bids coming in for him – maybe even from Chelsea and Manchester United.

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7 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 11, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed…you almost didn’t mention Charlie Austin there…it’s a bit like being trigger happy isn’t it 😉

  • lochinvar

    Dec 11, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Has pundit Danny Murphy actually thought through his comments ?
    Parking one or two forwards at the top of the pitch in essentially static positions is not a recipe for scoring goals. Those forwards produce goals from corners, six yard box knock downs and breakaways.
    The good news is that attacking midfielders are predatory strikers and moving forward at pace from slightly deeper positions the goal can often open up for them to shoot.
    More goals from midfield is no bad thing – it does suggest some control, ball retention and an attacking midst.
    Or do you want Fat Sam style long hoof ball again ? No thanks.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron…who would want to be a fly on that wall 😉

    …to just understand what goes on in their heads! Doctors would love them as test subjects!

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Victor Valdes who has been frozen out at Man U by that horrible piece of kit van Gaal , got so desperate that he nearly wemt to Basiktas.

    He got cold feet about living in Turkey at the last minute.

    He has been linked with Monaco NUFC and Celtic.

    He would now appear to be talking to the Red Sharks – Vera Cruz in Mexico.


  • geordiesteve520

    Dec 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Funny he never mentions the years that Gerrard and Lampard were top of their respective clubs’ goalscoring charts, bit blinkered there Danny?

  • posada

    Dec 11, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Has anyone on this Dubious Goals Panel ever scored a goal.

    Even in a five-a-side with their mates, if they have any.
    Or are they all Nerds who apply some daft criteria to it.

    If you shoot and it’s going in the general direction of the goal, then if it goes in – ITS a GOAL.

  • posada

    Dec 11, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    and I mean your goal.


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