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.
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.
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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