Georginio Wijnaldum has proven to be a direct hit in the Premier League.
The Dutch international win the title with Liverpool and help them win the Champions League.
During the time Georginio Wijnaldum spent in Anfield, the Scousers also took second place in both competitions.
Ironically, Georginio Wijnaldum’s best personal league return outside of Dutch club football was in the 2015-16 season when Newcastle United were relegated.
From midfield, he was directly involved in 16 goals in the Premier League, scored 11 goals and received five assists.
After a change of 25 million
For the next four seasons in Liverpool, Wijnaldum was used in a more withdrawn role, adding just ten more Premier League goals and two PL assists in those four years.
It looked like a real quality signing at the time, and so it proved, BUT as always, Mike Ashley put that signing into an overall very stupid plan that included trying to turn a team inside out that only survived relegation on the last day of preseason had by hiring a henchman / henchman manager and relying entirely on bringing in young untested players from overseas whom Ashley hoped to sell for massive profits in the future. 24-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum was a big hit, but then relying on three other big overseas money commitments, only 22 (Thauvin) and 20 (both Mitrovic and Mbemba), proved disastrous. Mike Ashley is relegated when it’s far too late to fire McClaren and bring on a real manager like Rafa Benitez.
Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool at the end of his contract as a free agent this summer and joined PSG.
However, in a major interview with The Team, Georginio Wijnaldum has now revealed why he originally turned down a previous move to PSG in favor of joining Newcastle United in 2015.
Georginio Wijnaldum talks to L’Equipe about why he rejects the Ligue 1 team in favor of Newcastle (translation by Sport Witness):
“That’s right, yes.
“In fact, the first contacts were made in 2014, after the World Cup. PSG tried to get me but I wanted to stay at PSV Eindhoven for at least another year or try to become Dutch champions before I left.
“I wanted to stay with Memphis too [Depay]. I was injured for a long time last season and felt a bit committed to the club and the fans.
“Thereafter [winning the title with PSV], I was more open to the idea of leaving and PSG came back. But at that point I didn’t really feel the urge to sign.
“I think [instead] to go to Newcastle, who really wanted me and made it clear to me.
The team further asked the midfielder if his decision to choose Newcastle over PSG was simply due to his desire to play in the Premier League:
“Not necessarily. I wanted to play in the Premier League one day, but I hadn’t decided when exactly.
“My agent was negotiating with PSG. I also spoke to the club. But I never had the feeling that I was really wanted.
“It was more like, ‘Okay, you have to play well or you want to be one of the others.’ I was also at a point in my life where, after seeing everything in the Netherlands, I had to keep playing.
“And at that point, PSG didn’t give me the impression that it was the right choice.”
GFFN also reported on the L’Equipe interview with Georgino Wijnaldum:
On what Pochettino told him this summer and 2016 when he tried to sign him for Spurs:
“He didn’t say, ‘Listen, that’s how we play,’ because I already knew how he works. Even if there are always adjustments depending on the squad. In 2016, he determined how to handle it, what style of play he likes, and so on. Because of this, the conversation this summer was actually quite short. He asked me if I was open to the offer from Paris and talked to me about the project and what they wanted to do.
“I was transparent, I told them that I spoke to Barcelona but that no agreement was reached. If I had signed something, I would not have gone back on it, but that was not the case here. “
How Pochettino wants to use it:
“When we spoke in 2016, he was talking about a game between Spurs and Newcastle where I played on the left wing and did well. He said: “I’m not a coach who wants to put his players in fixed positions. Of course there are basic duties, but I want you to be happy to bring everything you can do with you. That worked perfectly for me, I don’t like being stuck in a fixed position. ‘
Ironically, although Newcastle were relegated in the 2015/16 season and Tottenham have been battling Leicester for the title year-round, NUFC surprisingly made the double over Spurs.
A 2-1 win with Mitro and Perez at White Hart Lane in December 2015, then a bizarre final game of the season at St James Park. Although Newcastle fans were already relegated, they sold SJP to convince Rafa Benitez to stay and help rebuild the NUFC from the second division Wijnaldum scores twice (Aarons, Mitro and Janmaat score the other goals.
Definitely a case of what could have been for Newcastle United, with both Georginio Wijnaldum … and Rafa Benitez.