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10:26 am, Saturday, June 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

The Netherlands will play Austria in their final friendly tonight and that will be the last time we will see Gini Wijnaldum in action until he returns to pre-season – probably after the  June 28th return date, because he has been on International duty.

At that time or even before then, we expect Rafa Benitez to contact the players to discuss him staying at Newcastle.

We don’t know whether Gini is a player Rafa wants to keep on Tyneside, but he is obviously a very good player and he could be a big asset to us in the years ahead, if we can keep him at the club this season.


Gini Wijnaldum – will he stay or go?

Gini would be very good in a winning Newcastle side under Rafa Benitez.

But it’s the player himself who must decide if he wants to stay and play for Newcastle in the second division – and if he doesn’t then he will be sold or maybe even sent on loan for the season – although that second alternative seems unlikely.

Wijnaldum has been interviewed in De Telegraaf today:

“The coach Danny Blind decides whether he picks me for Holland if I play a lower league, but to be honest, I haven’t thought about it.”

“Of course I want to play at as high a level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens.”

“The strange thing is that I have very nice statistics for a midfielder despite the relegation.”

“I was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League – only the numbers were worthless.”

“That is a shame.”

Gini continues to hedge his bets – and manages to get his good stats at Newcastle into the interview – just in case some big clubs are interested in him.

If the International players like Moussa,  Gini and others stay at Newcastle, there is a high likelihood they would still be selected for their countries, even though they are playing in England’s second division,.

What will certainly be a big help is they are being coached by a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez, who will make them into better players.

And Roy Hodgson has already told Andros Townsend that his England chances will not be impacted by playing for Newcastle next season.

Jonas Gutierrez still made Argentina’s World Cup squad back in 2010 in South Africa, after playing a season down below for Newcastle. although Colo unluckily missed out.

And there are no big international tournaments next summer either – so the International players don’t have to worry about that.

But the decision to stay at Newcastle has to come from the players themselves, so if they don’t want to stay they will be moved out.

It’s as easy as that.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · International News · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    I meant to comment on something/quote he’s made last week, and this interview confirms it for me. When he speaks it’s all I and ME…..
    Seldom comments on the club, but on how relegation has effected HIM and HIS career.
    Could have had a great future with us, but I feel he thinks he is too good for us.

  • 2 BeeGuy // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    No way he is staying.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    It’s a shame there isn’t any stats to show how many consecutive minutes he went in games with out touching the ball. He might not be keen to point out his stats for a midfielder then, I bet he went longer without touching the ball than Peter Schmeical in his pomp when Man U were conquering all.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Rafa get on with it man. Dont delude yourself that this guy can be motivated consistently. One of best midfielders? Is he having a laugh??

  • 5 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I’m disappointed , but not surprised , he is proving to be a man of straw.
    Trying not to sound too Xenophobic , GW will not be the first Dutch player to prove himself to be a bit on the flakey side.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    More than happy for him, Sissoko Jaanmatt and Collo to bugger off without saying goodbye. They might be quality but I don’t think they’re prepared to roll up their sleeves and get us out of the mess that they believe everyone but themselves got us in to.

  • 7 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    You can’t fool fans with stats…..we have eyes, we can see you no matter how hard you try to hide.

  • 8 Wayayman // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Surely he doesn’t actually believe that he was one of the best midfielders in the country? Then again, with England rewarding Wilshere and Henderson and not thinking that Drinkwater is currently a better player, maybe he’s the smart one and we’re all numpties.

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Clin, he certainly likes to remind everyone about his goals! No matter the topic, he manages to talk about his goals. I suppose you can’t blame him if he is pushing for a move. That said, he did score them and consequently that must increase his value. If he must go, let’s get as much as possible for him.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    His goals are the only thing that he can point to at an otherwise failure of a season, he thinks by about his goals that it excuses his part in it all.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:04 AM


  • 12 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Oh aye, Bobby, appreciate his goals and everything he DID do for us. But for everything he didn’t do…..well I will hold that against him, trying is the very least a fan should expect from their ‘stars’

  • 13 banjax // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    There’s no doubt Wynaldum will be leaving Newcastle. Doubtless a talented footballer, but he didn’t do himself any favours for his saleability by showing his gutless away performances. Those performances were key to our being relegated and showed his lack of fight and commitment as a leader when the team needed him. Personally I would sell him for the best price possible because the Championship is a physically rough and cruder league and Wynaldum just doesn’t look like he could cut it there.

  • 14 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I wonder which of the PL sides he considers beautiful ?

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Clin, if anyone wants him, let’s also remind them of his goals. 😉 Put the price up a bit. He’s virtually guaranteed to go, so let’s cash in on him. Wonderful player, guaranteed goals from midfield. 25 million anybody? 😉

  • 16 NoahJ // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    he’s a talented player, but his game just didn’t complement our formation (hence why he often went missing in games). he’s one of those players where you try and stick him in somewhere because he was too good to have on the bench, even though he was very poor for most of the season.

    personally wouldn’t be unhappy to let him go, but only if we got decent money for him; we won’t be bullied into selling players on the cheap

  • 17 jimmysmith // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    It’s understandable that a percentage of Newcastle fans are far from convinced about Widjnaldum, primarily because of the away form, and despite the many very good displays at St James’. It is worth noting though that he is entirely loved by PSV fans, so much so that when their side visited Old Trafford in the Champions League last season, that they sang his name all night, and of course he wasn’t even playing, although I suppose he must have been there. It does suggest he is not at all likely to be greatly at fault for the failures of the side, or even perhaps his own form, but that the fault lies also in numerous other places.

  • 18 NoahJ // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:33 AM


    I agree with that- he seems like a good character, and someone who although I wouldn’t be unhappy to let go, I would equally be happy to keep him (if he actually wants to stay). he isn’t sissoko level with the shamless come-and-get-me pleas; also, the comment he made above about being one of the best was clearly taken out of context- he was quoting based on statistics (even if we all know that only tells part of the story).

    I just don’t think sissoko and wiji can fit in the same team. sissoko will almost certainly pop off, so i’d be happy to keep wiji provided he can adapt his game to work for the team home AND away

  • 19 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    If there is something to salvage from Wijnaldum’s last season to enable him to improve and move on , Rafa will find it.

  • 20 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Now you mention it Bobby, I think he could be the greatest player the prem has ever known, (lol) would be a great loss to us….any takers?
    I think I’m gonna be sick…

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    “So it sounds like John Carver has got a new job – with Cyrpiot side AC Omonoia Nicosia.”

    “Mr. Carver worked at Newcastle, where he served as head coach, and assistant coach, next to top coaches like Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew (sic).”

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Pardew mentioned in the same sentence as Sir Bobby should be a criminal act punishable by a prison sentence. 😉

  • 23 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    I know you are like a terrier with a rat when it comes to Pards , but he did manage a team to 15th in arguably the best league in the world and reached the final of the FA cup.
    Much as you may be in denial AP is closer to the top end of any list of coaches than the bottom.

  • 24 Griff-toon // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    I thought about this when he argued with the other players about the penalty against Tottenham. Whanted to improve his statistics..

  • 25 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM


  • 26 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Too dramatic Bobby
    This blog is having an effect on you.
    You seem to be joining the cynics.
    Carver DID work with SBR and AP end of !

  • 27 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Seriously though, Gini clearly has the talent to go a long way, but his heart doesn’t match his talent. If Rafa thinks he can get Gini to perform, I suppose I’d have to trust him and see how it goes, but really, the noises he’s making definitely has the sound of a player wanting out. These players need to man up and accept that their performances are the reason we went down in the first place. Whatever he decides, I hope he recovers quickly enough from the devastation of relegation that appears to be affecting his judgement, so that a decision can be made sooner rather than later. The ones who really care about relegation – the fans – appear to have got over the devastation of relegation and are looking to the future – mostly anyway – so I don’t see why it’s affecting him so much. Give us an answer and make ut rapid.

  • 28 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Jib, it was a joke marra, hence the smiley face? Not a law I see getting on the statute any time soon, let’s put it that way. 😉

  • 29 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Suncorp Stadium , Brizzy next Saturday , the first of 3 sound thrashings administered to the Wallabies this summer !
    Gerrin !

  • 30 outside the box // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    i for one would like to see gini stay and play in championship …after first few games it would be evident if he wants to stay…if he could take the kicking ..he could be the no 10 that toon are looking for….still have till the end of august to cash in if needed

  • 31 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I hope Rafa has everything set in his mind and stuff will be completed before we go to Oireland otherwise the summer is going to be torture.
    Anyhoo off to the seafront for a few prelunch San Miguels.

  • 32 anthc // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    That’s why he was so poor for us, his heads up his own backside!
    Seriously one of the best midfielders?
    This lads clearly deluded edge and wouldn’t get a sniff in a top 6 pl club. Iirc 4 of his goals came against another relegated club with a defence as bad as ours.
    He was that good rafa dropped him almost immediately. Get rid and get someone with heart,pride and willing to graft when the going gets tough. I seriously think Dutch players have been dramatically overrated of late.

  • 33 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I believe a season in the championship, would make him a more all-round player, but I think he believe he already is at his best, and as such should be playing on the highest, biggest profile, stage.

  • 34 clinath@ed // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    It does appear these players coming from leagues where they starred in a side that dominated said league, have not really been tested and as such, have an over inflated opinion of themselves, and their ability.

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Rafa dropped him presumably because he didn’t think he was up for the scrap. A big vote of no-confidence really. My hunch is Wijnaldum probably realises he’s not likely to figure prominently in Rafa’s plans going forward if he stays, and he wants out.

  • 36 mindshaft // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    let’s face it, our away tactics under McClaren were a joke and our points gained away from home rank as some of the lowest ever in prem history – the whole team bar none played poorly and nobody seemed to know what tactics they were playing.
    Gini would do well at Man U , Chelsea, Man City managed by a decent manager , he almost guarantees goals from midfield and would do the same away from home in a decent team with a decent manager
    I’d like him to stay personally but think he’s a luxury we can’t really afford in the championship

  • 37 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Privately give him the boot whilst maintaining stance that nobody has to be sold. £12-15m and I’m happy. Mercenary, a not very well concealed mercenary.

  • 38 SPRINGY // Jun 4, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    afternoon all
    if he wants to leave then get rid,all this talk of how much its upset him getting relegated should be enough to show anyone he’s not up for it….same goes for any player that doesnt fancy it….get rid….we’ve had enough sponging players soaking up as much money as they can,so make as much as we can by players with heart and fight, so whether it gini,sissoko,mitro anyone get rid,wheres the resolve,the determination to get us back up,the fight to right a wrong they have a share of the blame of…..if they stay then great…but dont molly coddle the millionaires eh….its bloody sickening!

  • 39 NYMAG // Jun 4, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Indicative of a player who always looked at us as a stepping stone club. He’s on a long term deal so I’d make him sweat and only sell him when we get a big enough offer, even if it means forcing him to stay until January. He doesn’t have any relegation release clause so we can call the shots.

  • 40 f // Jun 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    better to get rid of him very soon. dont think he could play well elsewhere

  • 41 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

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