Gini Wijnaldum was a great signing for us in the summer of 2015 but alas he spent only one season with us.
He left the club the next summer after we were relegated even though Rafa Benitez had come in during March 2016, in an attempt tp save us.
Rafa tried to keep him, but he was one of the stars that left that summer, joining Liverpool for around £25M.
we had signed him from PSV for £14M, so Mike Ashley couldn’t resist making £11M in one year on one player, but it’s also true that Gini wanted to leave.
But he was a very good player for us and made 40 appearances with 11 goals, and during the successful five years he spent at Liverpool he played 237 times with 22 goals.
He also won the Premier League and the Champions League – and he may want to do that again at Newcastle!
He is a very good central midfielder and versatile too.
The 30-year-old 82 times capped Dutch International (26 goals) joined PSG as a free agent last summer but is not playing that much in France.
The former Feyenoord and PSV player has made only 11 appearances so far for the French powerhouse, and he isn’t too happy about that.
This is what he had to say to NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting), the new Netherlands broadcasting system, about his current situation:
“I can’t say I’m completely happy.”
“Because the situation is not what I wanted. I think [not playing], it’s a primary concern for every player.”
Gini would still be welcomed back by the Geordie fans, although a few of us didn’t like it when he decided to leave the club over five years ago.
However, Gini left the club with dignity and has never said anything bad about the club.
But more than that, he could help us move up the league table – and maybe a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer could be made with PSG.
That would be an excellent deal for Newcastle and give Gini some much wanted playing time – so that’s a win-win for Newcastle and Gini.
The fact he is very versatile would also help the new manager, as he could be played in a number of different positions.
What do you think about Gini coming back to Tyneside and joining the richest football club on the planet?
Sorry – but I couldn’t resist saying that.