Gini Wijnaldum has been talking about the latest disaster to hit Newcastle and about where the future will take him.
Whilst some Newcastle players were criticised for ‘celebrating like they had won the FA Cup’ when winning the dead rubber against Tottenham, Wijnaldum took a different route.
The former PSV midfielder attracting a different kind of criticism, with some Newcastle fans saying he looked miserable/wasn’t that bothered when he scored his two goals, plus didn’t acknowledge the fans when he was subbed late on for Rolando Aarons.
However, Wijnaldum says that the reason for his lack of emotion shown on that final day of the season was that he felt so devastated/sad because relegation was already confirmed.
Whilst Newcastle players have lined up this week to talk about putting things right next season, deep down we all know these are empty words.
History tells us that players are unlikely to say anything else and you just don’t who will jump ship when an offer comes in and suddenly the player does have a decision to make.
Interesting that Wijnaldum also goes against the flow on this one, as when asked about his future he simply says that he doesn’t know whether he will still be here next season.
I think I prefer his honesty because that is the reality of the situation, we don’t even know whether the manager is staying, so how can anybody say for sure whether any player will definitely be at Newcastle in the Championship.
The bottom line is that words from any player are empty and meaningless when the team haven’t done it on the pitch.
You only really earn respect by getting results and whilst some of the team are less culpable than others for this latest relegation, none of them can say anything to make up for the collective failure.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the Chronicle:
“I don’t know (whether still be at Newcastle next season), we will see.
“I am still devastated that we’re relegated – I don’t think about the future now.
“I’m sad that we’re relegated, and that’s why I didn’t celebrate my goals (v Spurs), a strange feeling when you are relegated but win 5-1.
“We were unbeaten for six games and if we had done that before, we would have had a better chance to survive.
“We were not stable as a team and lost too many games, that is why we were relegated.
“The atmosphere was good (against Spurs)…it was strange, as we know that next season we are not going to be in the Premier League any more – it was a strange feeling.”