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Benitez – This Player Is So Good He Can Play Anywhere

11:45 am, Sunday, March 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 91 Comments

Rafa Benitez has been adamant ever since he came to Newcastle that we have some very good players and one of them is Dutch International Gini Wijnaldum, who is currently our leading scorer with 9 goals, but it’s been some time since he last scored a goal for us.

There’s been a debate all season about where Gini’s best position is, but new manager Benitez has said today that this guy is so good he can play anywhere.

gini wijnaldum at chelsea

Gini Wijnaldum in action against Chelsea

This is what Rafa has said about Gini when asked what his best position was:

“That is the problem – because he is so good, he can play everywhere and do well.” “We were thinking about where to play him the other day, and we said: ‘His best position could be behind the striker’.”

“But because he is doing well he can play on the right, he can play on the left.” “And even then I was talking to him about when he was playing against Costa Rica in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 in a deeper position, and he can play there too because he is so good.”

“On saying that, he is so good up front because he can create and score goals.” “I think that his best position is behind the striker but we need quality now out on the pitch, so he can help in any position.”

“I’m convinced that he will do well, because watching him in training he has been really good.” “He is one of the players that as a manager we enjoy to coach because he has pace, he has ability, and he is happy when he’s playing really well, is very positive.”

“I think he will do well for us.” “Again I’d say it’s not just Aleksandar Mitrovic or Wijnaldum performing, it’s about the whole team.”

“If we improve as a whole, and we play a little bit better, these players can make the difference.”

Maybe Georginio can get some goals for us this afternoon and all his goals have come at St. James’ Park.

If the 25 year-old  is in form he could ignite the rest of the Newcastle players and we thought the Dutchman had an excellent second half at Leicester City on Monday night.

Here’s hoping.

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91 responses so far ↓

  • 1 andrew84 // Mar 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    He can play anywhere except away from home :p

  • 2 La Fée Verte // Mar 20, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    fresh sarnie

    You can pay for a sky sports monthly subscription on the iPhone. Just pay for one month, a fiver I think.

  • 3 La Fée Verte // Mar 20, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    fresh sarnie

    You can pay for a sky sports monthly subscription on the iPhone. Just pay for one month, a fiver I think, then you can watch it. Look in App Store.

  • 4 Average_Contents // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    LR32

    It’s on that link I posted from the mag.

    They’ve got their info from superior striker’s official twitter feed, according to the attached picture.

    I just hope it helps him. Magic if Shearer is too.

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    To me Gini is best suited to being a box to box midfielder with De Jong the one playing behind the striker. I just don’t think Gini has the stamina at present to do it in this league which is so physically demanding. Like so many of our squad he lacks the fitness to really impact a game as consistently as he should. It’s a fundamental which unfortunately seems to have escaped McClaren and a number of our managers and coaches who preceded him.

  • 6 MadisonToon // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    andrew84

    Gave me quite the laugh. If the journalist had followed up with, “what about away from home?” that would have been amazing (and possibly the end of his career).

  • 7 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Well just finished an early lunch, so now I can devote my time to the match.

    HWTL / HWTF!

  • 8 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Elliot
    Janmaat taylor mbemba colback
    Shelvey sissoko
    Wijnaldum perez townsend
    Mitrovic

    My starting 11.

  • 9 Sliema // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Shadow Shearer

    Same as my X1… I assume most would agree for once that this is the best we can field.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Fresh Sarnie
    Check yourself out of hospital for a couple of hours and dive into a pub. This is too good to miss. Now that might take a miracle but a lot of folk on here clearly believe in them. HWTL.

  • 11 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Mark Douglas ?@MsiDouglas 33s33 seconds ago
    Understand it could be Lascelles over Taylor for #nufc.

  • 12 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Sliema

    Best line up I can think of.
    We need pace on both wings, perez & Mitrovic link up so well, sissoko to bully there attacking mids, shelvey to tidy up & spray the passes around.
    It’s got to work!

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith 29s30 seconds ago View translation
    NUFC: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Colback; Shelvey, Wijnaldum; Townsend, Pérez, Sissoko; Mitrovi?.

  • 14 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 29s30 seconds ago
    #nufc subs: Darlow, Taylor, Anita, Saivet, De Jong, Riviere, Cisse

  • 15 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    No Doumbia on the bench this week!

  • 16 fresh sarnie // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    The link from sage works spot on, thanks everyone though, do not want to miss this match.

  • 17 firebug666 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Has this blog broken down? I crashed a couple of times, and then everyone seems to have gone.

  • 18 JackButler // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Squeaky squeaky bum time.

    Three points or else it seems

  • 19 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Looks like it’s the exact same line up I just choose. But lascelle for taylor. Also wijnaldum & perez swapped around. But I’m happy with that line up. Sissoko in def mid to play a very physical game. Keep things solid.

  • 20 optimistic prime // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Glad Cisse is on the bench

  • 21 JackButler // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Cisse coming back is massive, he’s saved more time than I can remember and we will need him now more than ever

  • 22 MAUTITOON // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    COME ON YOU TOON.BRING BACK THE PRIDE.

  • 23 MAUTITOON // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    People on BBC prompting us for relegation.grrrrrrrr

  • 24 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Cisse is a saviour. But today is perez day. I’ve betted on it! Lol

  • 25 fresh sarnie // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Looking after my son BnB. Just had some really good news this morning, so if we win the day will be all the more memorable

  • 26 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Wonder what the problem is with Doumbia?
    He certainly must not be shown enough in training

  • 27 JackButler // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Defoe starts catamole on the bench

  • 28 JamesToon // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    COME ON LADS WE NEED THIS SO MUCH

  • 29 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Toon kk

    He must awful if Riviere is chosen ahead of him.

  • 30 Nufc-83 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    That’s definitely our best side that’s available at least we are not all going nuts before ko about team selection like with the previous idiots who have been in charge. Well done Rafa!!!

  • 31 nufconceandfuturekings // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I echo everyone here cheering the lads on. We could be great again. We are upon the brink of a new dawn or relegation disaster. We’ve kept the Makems up for the last 2 seasons. Enough!

    Victory!!!!

  • 32 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Shadow
    Doumbia must have picked up a knock, surely?

  • 33 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Doumbia not even on the bench. Shelvey and Gini in centremidfield.

    is this a 442? i don’t think benitez ever plays 442.

  • 34 AncientC // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Ah, the day has arrived. *Plays the Imperial March*

    nufc.co.uk have confirmed it is 4-4-2 today. I am very happy to see Perez and Mitro back together… about frickin’ time.

    “Chancel Mbemba and Andros Townsend return to the Magpies’ side for the Barclays Premier League fixture – which is new boss Benitez’s first home game in charge.

    The duo replace Steven Taylor and Vurnon Anita, who both drop down to the substitutes’ bench, as Benitez shuffles his pack from Monday night’s single-goal defeat at Leicester City.

    United are expected to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Rob Elliot behind a back four of Daryl Janmaat, Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles and ex-Black Cat Jack Colback.

    Stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey and nine-goal leading scorer Georginio Wijnaldum will patrol the middle of the park for the hosts, with Moussa Sissoko and Townsend taking up roles on either flank.

    And in the final third, Ayoze Perez will partner Aleksandar Mitrovic, as the pair look to build on their respective tallies of six and five goals.”

  • 35 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Come on Newcastle, do us proud.

  • 36 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Fresh Sarnie
    Brilliant. Some things are far more important than football.

    On way to match now. The bag pipes and drum playing. Stirring stuff.

  • 37 MadisonToon // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Doumbia isn’t a permanent player. If he’s roughly equivalent to one of our players then there is no reason he should be on the bench. It’s also more likely that NUFC players (Rivi) will be more inclined to fight out this season with everything they’ve got than a player who is only on loan and will go back to his parent club whether we go up or go down and not be overly bothered by what happens. If Doumbia was contributing on the field then I would understand why he would be at least on the bench, but he hasn’t been (granted he hasn’t been given much of a chance to).

  • 38 Derek // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Very happy with the squad selection and formation. Maybe diamond with Shelvey def mid and Gini att mid?

  • 39 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Toon kk

    Not heard any news of doumbia picking up any injury.
    But 1 thing I can confirm, ANYBOBY who is dropped for Riviere, must be awful.

  • 40 AncientC // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    I think the midfield could be a diamond shape.

    ——————Elliot——-
    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Colback
    —————–Shelvey—————-
    Sissoko————————Townsend
    —————Wijnaldum———
    ————Mitrovic—–Perez——

  • 41 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Maddison
    Your right when you say Doumbia hasn’t been given a chance.
    We are desperate for a goal scorer.

  • 42 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Of this is a 442, they should shift wijnaldum on the wing, & sissoko in the middle with shelvey

  • 43 Derek // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    I’m a fan of the diamond shape, as AncientC posted.

    COME ON THE TOON

  • 44 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    I can understand an extra man upfront, but surely we need a 5 man midfield to keep it solid

  • 45 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Diamond midfield is good, but im a little worried it will give up a little bit of space to them.
    Espically in final third with only 1 defensive mid rather than two

  • 46 Dennis Twice // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 47 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Personally I prefer two striker’s, our team needs two.

  • 48 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Most important game of the session!!!

    I’m excited but so nervous, I can’t stop typing!!!!!!

  • 49 Munster Mag // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    442 good – lets go for it. Howay the lads!!!!!

  • 50 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    I’d say doumbia has been given plenty of chances. He’s either not bothered, not up to speed or crocked. I go for a combo of 1/ and 2/ let’s move on from the back hand bargain column shall we? Today is the day. THE day. We simply can’t be on here this afternoon talking about fluke goals, poor refereeing decisions, sending offs or grass length. This has to be a professional, level headed Jon. No excuses. This is the test of all tests for these lads, if they fail today, they will never ever succeed.

  • 51 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Jon = job.

  • 52 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    I’m with Dennis. Keep them busy from minute one and no stopping.

  • 53 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    The lads will have to run there hearts out today, uz can rest later.

    I wonder how this game compares to any other derby game benitez has been involved in.

  • 54 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Shadow I’ve no doubt he will tell us afterwards, hopefully in between grinning a lot

  • 55 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Our players must step up to the mark, it’s not all down to Rafa, our team must proove they are premier league quality.
    Our biggest problem is we have no goal scorer and haven’t all season.

  • 56 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    On Doumbia, and this is my last on this, if he was even remotely interested in anything about this club, he would have seen this game coming from miles off and bust a gut to be there on this day. That tells you ALL you need to know about his part in the deal. Let’s stop even mentioning him it’s pointless

  • 57 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Khazri is the danger man for them. If we xan control him then we’ll be ok.

  • 58 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    I like it Rafa lets go for them, if we are going down let’s throw a few bones shall we

    Toon Toon! HWTL!

  • 59 toonking // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    looks like a good starting line up.

    elliot
    jam__colo__laselles__col
    sissoko__shelvey__townsend__wini
    _______perez__mitro

    Haven’t seen the formation yet but assume it’s 4-4-2

    The pudnits themselves seem to make it sound as though rafa not be the long term manager we all want.
    They say he’s said to be a defensive manager and always likes to prevent teams from conceding. A defense as shambolic as ours should see improvements big tme with a manager of this quality and he will have the history to keep fans with more belief at times where he might have boring spell.

    My prediction 1-0 toon

  • 60 beermonkey // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    what have i missed on doumbia
    and where is the team thread?

  • 61 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Apparently sissoko might be in centre mid beside Shelvey today.

  • 62 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Today is not about doumbia, it’s about perez scoring the wining goal!

  • 63 Average_Contents // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    That winbar is far too high for my liking.

    FFS LADS COME ON!

  • 64 Average_Contents // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    I meant the players btw.

    We need to fcuk em up good.

  • 65 toonking // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    It’s been years since I last fealt as though time was going so slow.

    Hurry up get kicked off

    GO TOON

  • 66 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    As I thought aside from Mbemba for Saylor, which is welcome, though whether that’s influenced by a knock to Saylor, who knows, if not then that’s another positive big call Rafa has made, dropping the class clown instead of Lascelles – Geordie free pass card revoked!

    Gini will sit deeper alongside Shelvey like for the last 30 against Leicester.

  • 67 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Gini on ssn earlier saying we weren’t vocal enough on the pitch this season.

  • 68 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    6-0 win today. Perez 4 goals. Here they come!!!!!

  • 69 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Rafa never plays 4-4-2.

  • 70 Blofal // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    This is the first Derby for Townsend and Shelvey. They won’t be feeling the jitters like the rest having not lost one before. I tip those two to both have cracking games.

  • 71 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    i hope the officials get it right today aswell such a massive important game
    so they better not fusk up!

  • 72 Mister Tuff // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    3 – 1 victory for us today.
    Colback – might be targetted. Might see some fireworks.

  • 73 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    3-1 Toon. Townsend, Perez and Lascelles from a corner!

  • 74 davetoon // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Love for us to get a dodgy penalty today

  • 75 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Commoooonnnn TOOOONN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COOMOOOOONNN!!!!!!

  • 76 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Fcuks sake man

  • 77 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Please NUFC please bet the scums now…more important than EVER>…

  • 78 IITianToon // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Link boys?

  • 79 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    We look shakey at the back

  • 80 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Nervous start…..:(

  • 81 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    bloody hell 3 against 3 in the box!!

  • 82 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Colback targeted on the back stick. Needs to wise up to that quick, almost a similar goal to Leicester’s

  • 83 AncientC // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    http://weeklyfootballupdates.com/watch-premier-league-live-streaming.html

    Great link

  • 84 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    They look more up for it tbh

  • 85 sing in the corner // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Very nervous start from us, we need to settle, and QUICKLY

  • 86 Salto // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    https://streamboat.tv/@unimatrixzero

  • 87 thebionicMAG // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Anyone have a lik for the match?

  • 88 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Sissoko in full flight is a great sight, wish he had a more consistent end product.

  • 89 Mister Tuff // Mar 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Good roar from the crowd.

  • 90 Thump // Mar 20, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    That’ll be the only goal of the game.

    Foaming.

  • 91 EllaGuru // Mar 20, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    This is where we need Benitez to earn his money. We need SDJ and Cisse on and fast. Ayoze has been poor




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