Benitez – This Player Is So Good He Can Play Anywhere


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 comments so far

  • andrew84

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    He can play anywhere except away from home :p

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  • La Fée Verte

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    fresh sarnie

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

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  • La Fée Verte

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • MadisonToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    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).

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

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

    HWTL / HWTF!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Elliot
    Janmaat taylor mbemba colback
    Shelvey sissoko
    Wijnaldum perez townsend
    Mitrovic

    My starting 11.

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  • Sliema

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Shadow Shearer

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

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    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!

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #15

    No Doumbia on the bench this week!

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  • fresh sarnie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • JackButler

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Squeaky squeaky bum time.

    Three points or else it seems

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Glad Cisse is on the bench

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  • JackButler

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • MAUTITOON

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    COME ON YOU TOON.BRING BACK THE PRIDE.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #23

    People on BBC prompting us for relegation.grrrrrrrr

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • fresh sarnie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #25

    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

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • JackButler

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Defoe starts catamole on the bench

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  • JamesToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    COME ON LADS WE NEED THIS SO MUCH

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon kk

    He must awful if Riviere is chosen ahead of him.

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    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!!!

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  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #31

    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!!!!

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Shadow
    Doumbia must have picked up a knock, surely?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

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

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

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  • AncientC

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #34

    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.”

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Come on Newcastle, do us proud.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #36

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

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

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  • MadisonToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #37

    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).

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  • Derek

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #40

    I think the midfield could be a diamond shape.

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

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