Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed how he failed his audition when he was forced up to sing in front of his new teammates.

Newcastle’s midfield signing explaining that new Dutch internationals have to get up to speak for a minute in front of their new teammates, whereas he was expected to sing in front of the United squad.

After having quickly been booed off, Wijnaldum admitted that singing wasn’t his greatest strength but that the important thing was that he is quickly bonding with the rest of the Newcastle squad.

With the squad already having a Dutch feel to it thanks to Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Vurnon Anita and Tim Krul, it can only help when you are the new boy.


Gini Wijnaldum speaking to the official club website:

“At the national team, when you are new you must stand up and speak for a minute, but I’ve never had to sing before.

“I chose ‘Who the Cap Fit’ by Bob Marley, but it wasn’t good….”

We are family:

“I didn’t get to finish it because everyone started throwing their napkins at me and booed. Singing is definitely not my talent!

“My teammates have helped me to feel at home and they are like a family already. Speaking with me, hanging out with me and making jokes with me, I feel at home in this Club already.”

Hopefully we’ll be hearing Aleksandar Mitrovic’ singing talents soon, the striker having taken his medical yesterday and then a photo circulated showing him in a Newcastle shirt.


You shouldn’t always judge a book by the cover but going by his tattoos, haircut and general background, I think Mitrovic singing would be worth buying a ticket for.

Tonight hopefully though we will be seeing Gini Wijnaldum parading his real talent for the team, with a match against Portland Timbers’ second team (T2) at 7.30pm local time (Wed 3.30am UK time).

Portland’s coach has indicated he will play a stronger team than first anticipated, with more first team players to be added to his second string on this occasion.

Would be great to see Wijnaldum take the game by the scruff of the neck and show us a glimpse of what he can do, as well as how he can help get more out of the rest of the team.

There is of course also a big responsiblity on his teammates as well, to help integrate the Dutch midfielder into the team as quickly as possible.

I have higher expectations of Wijnaldum than I did of Remy Cabella but what we can’t have is what happened last season, when other players passed the buck and just handed the ball to Cabella and expected him to it all, rather than accepting responsiblity themselves to create and cause problems for the opposition.