Georginio Wijnaldum was brought back into the first team for the important game against Crystal palace on Saturday and the Dutch International had a decent game, but at Aston Villa on Saturday we will be very surprised if Gini keeps his place.
That’s because he has a bad habit of not turning up for away games and on Saturday we need to have every single player giving 100% on the field at Villa Park.
We cannot have any passengers on Saturday.
Gini Wijnaldum – we have to beat Aston Villa
Gini has talked about where Newcastle are right now:
“We have got ourselves back into a better situation.” “Every game is important to us. Every point we can take is crucial at this stage.”
“We have beaten Crystal Palace, and now we have to show the same mentality at Aston Villa.”
“When we win, it’s always good. It was not easy, because they brought on substitutes – they started playing more long balls – but we did it.”
“We had a spell this season where we had three good games and got seven points earlier in the season. After that, we lost to Everton and West Brom.”
“We have to focus game by game and at the end we will see where we finish. We can’t be too happy because it is about the end of the season.”
“The mood in the dressing room, however, has improved in recent weeks.” “We were happy, as always when you win.” “Now every game we fight to win games.”
“If we fight and win games, then it is satisfying.”
“Before we have fought until the end in games and we have been unlucky.” “Now, even if we are not always playing good, the team spirit is good and we are happier than normal.”
“We are not too happy, though. The most important thing is that we are happy at the end of the season, not now.”
“This feels nice, we work hard to win games, but we will see at the end of the season how happy we are.”
Those comments from Gini seem to be rather strange and unusual and it’s almost as if he wants to be upbeat but cannot allow himself to be that?
But on the other hand maybe he is simply reflecting Rafa’s comments to completely concentrate on the next game and forget what has happened before.
Gini is right that we won two games against Liverpool and Tottenham and drew with Aston Villa at home and then we lost four games in a row 1-0.
But that was under Steve McClaren, who can hardly be accused of being a world-class coach.
With Rafa Benitez at the helm he will not let the team go off the boil in the last two games – that’s why Rafa’s been successful in his management career.
Gini’s also right that what we feel at the end of the season is the only important thing – and it will be simply calamitous (a complete disaster) if we are relegated.
It’s very simple really – Newcastle need two wins and all that matters right now is that we beat Aston Villa On Saturday.
Howay the Lads!!