‘Seven years without a Championship for a top club is too long’ said Georginio Wijnaldum.
Try 89 years when it comes to Newcastle United, with Hughie Gallacher last leading Newcastle to the then First Division title in 1926/27.
Wijnaldum was talking about PSV when interviewed by Sky Sports in April, having tied up the Dutch title well in advance of the end of the season, eventually ending it 17 points ahead of second placed Ajax.
With a medical completed today, a transfer fee already agreed, news is now awaited any time that Georginio Wijnaldum will have the honour of being Newcastle’s first signing of the summer and the starting point for Steve McClaren at St James Park.
Assuming the signing goes through without a hitch, Newcastle fans will be more realistically hoping that players of the calibre of the (soon to be former) PSV Captain, can help to win a domestic cup for what will be the first time in 61 years at the very least.
Signings such as Wijnaldum will reassure Newcastle fans that there is some credence in a more realistic and ambitious transfer policy.
Whilst we will all hope as well that a commitment to try in the cups will be carried through.
Back in April there was talk of Manchester United going for the PSV playmaker and of course when asked about that possibility, Wijnaldum predictably said it would interest him.
The Dutch playmaker giving Van Gaal the credit for giving him back his confidence when involving him in all seven of Holland’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil, before Old Trafford called for the Netherlands’ then national coach.
If Newcastle pull this one off then the added positive by-product is that you must surely think for the player to sign he must have been given assurances that similar level players are also going to arrive on Tyneside.
This is what Georginio Wijnaldum had to say to Sky Sports back in April:
“Everybody wants to win the championship, every year I expect to win it.
“It is very special. This year we do not have as good individual quality as we did two years ago, but we are a better team now.”
Seven years too long:
“Seven years without a Championship for a top club is too long. The team need to build and keep Ajax behind them.
“The difference this year is that last season was the first year for a lot of the players with PSV and they were really young. Now they need to keep players at the club and buy players who can take them forward.”
“I am happy at PSV but I am a player with a lot of ambition, I want to play in a stronger league than the Eredivisie.
“With my quality I feel I can bring a lot to a team that I will join. I want to show it in the big leagues; England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.”
“Of course I would like to work with him (Van Gaal) again. He is a good trainer, and makes players better. I work really fine with him and he is a great man.
“He gave me a chance and opportunity to play in a World Cup after seven months out injured, and I am thankful for that. He helped me get my confidence back.”