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.