Gini Wijnaldum has seemingly taken another step towards the exit door at Newcastle United, with claims this morning that the former PSV midfielder has been in touch with his agent.
The United midfielder is said to have asked his agent to be proactive in looking for a new club, with the Chronicle reporting though that they understand he hasn’t gone so far as putting in a transfer request.
Exactly why you would need to get your agent on the job when everybody already knows you don’t want to stay at Newcastle, is a bit of a mystery.
What isn’t in doubt though is that there is a very real chance of transfer uncertainty badly disrupting Newcastle’s pre-season and then opening four weeks of the season.
Rafa Benitez has already made clear that he thinks it is a very bad idea that the transfer window stays open for almost a full month after the Championship kicks off, saying it is almost inevitable that there will be transfers in and out even after the Manager has prepared his team/squad for the season.
Obviously we have previously seen what can happen when players are desperate to move and take drastic action such as going on ‘strike’, both when buying (Haten Ben Arfa) and selling (Yohan Cabaye).
The last thing we need is Newcastle United/Rafa Benitez in the middle of a situation where first team players are intent on leaving but interested clubs are prepared to wait it out, to try and get them on the relative ‘cheap’.
The one big positive is that unlike when Steve McClaren, John Carver and Alan Pardew had no say in who came and went, Rafa has total control.
So no more nonsense of Mike Ashley selling Newcastle’s better players just as the transfer window shuts, with no replacement brought in.
Whilst we are yet to see anything of substance, there is absolute belief from fans that Benitez will make the decisions that are best for Newcastle United, something that not a single supporter would have believed if another yes man had been brought in instead.
As for Wijnaldum, I think that sadly he has managed to get himself in a similar slot to Moussa Sissoko where a lot of Newcastle fans are concerned. Supporters finding it all a bit tedious when he has done so many post-season interviews and failed to show any intention of wanting to stay at St James Park.