After we took apart Tottenham 2-1 at White Lane on 13th December, with the winner coming from Ayoze Perez in stoppage time, Newcastle went 10 games on the trot losing every away game, until we came back from 2-0 down at half-time Anfield and gained a 2-2 draw.
Two of the players who didn’t turn up in those games were two of our best players – Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum – and they will very likely be the two top players sold this summer.
Gini Wijnaldum scoring from the penalty spot Sunday
And while the National press may go on about Newcastle wanting to keep them both – that’s not altogether accurate with the fans – who will not be too sad to see them go.
Gini was great for us the first half of the season, but in the second half he was more like the Invisible Man in our games on the road.
He came back with two good goals last Sunday as we did the double on Spurs – the only double we had all season – and we were the only team in the league that beat Spurs twice last season – in what will in all likelihood be Wijnaldum’s last game for Newcastle.
And his interview on the Newcastle web-site yesterday we thought was interesting.
Here’s what the Dutchman said:
“In your first season if you can score 11 goals, it gives you confidence.”
“But I’m devastated that my goals didn’t help the club to survive. That’s the feeling that I have right now and I think that’s the feeling that will stay for a long time.”
“It’s difficult to be happy if you’re relegated. I scored goals, but they don’t have a meaning any more because we are relegated.”
“I’ve never played in this situation. I feel how it is to score, but it will not help the team to survive, so I’m sad about that.”
Clubs interested in signing Gini could read what Wijnaldum intended – that he scored 11 goals in his very first season for a relegation side and just think what he could do for a successful side.
It looks a bit like a veiled “come and get me” as he touted what he had achieved in his first season in the PL – and we’re also sure he would be very good at a top club – that’s what he was used to at PSV.
It’s just a pity we couldn’t have stayed up and kept both Gini and Moussa – but it’s done now – no use crying over spilled milk – well not too much.
We hope there will be a number of clubs come in for Gini and Moussa this season – because that will push the price up – Newcastle are said to be happy to get their money back for Wijnaldum – around £15M, but we could get more.
Newcastle are said to want close to £20M for Sissoko – but we will be lucky to get that much for the 26 year-old Frenchman.
But hey – if we can get say £35M or more for the two of them – that would be great and in the Championship next season – at least in the away games – they will not be missed.