Newcastle fans told Liverpool supporters that Gini Wijnaldum was a canny player with an eye for goal, just don’t expect him to turn up at away matches.
In 19 home Premier League matches for Newcastle he scored 11 goals, in 19 away ones he scored none.
In 12 home Premier League matches for Liverpool, Wijnaldum has score 4 goals, in 13 away ones he has scored zero.
So altogether, in England the former PSV Captain has scored 15 goals in 31 home league matches and o in 32 away games.
However, despite that overwhelming set of stats, Wijnaldum insists he is not just a ‘homer’.
The midfielder says ‘That is people’s opinion’ when they say he doesn’t turn up away from home and that he thinks he’s also played well away form home in the Premier League, ‘especially’ for Liverpool.
As for Newcastle, Wijnaldum thinks he was unfairly targeted and it was the whole team’s fault not just his.
However, when a player scores 11 goals at home and none away, plus is totally anonymous for many of those games om the road, the evidence is definitely there for most Newcastle supporters.
The Dutchman says about his Newcastle experience ‘People expect more from you than other players’ – again that is true up to a point because he was Newcastle’s biggest signing of summer 2015 and is clearly a talented player – but the reality is that Newcastle supporters simply did quite rightly expect more from Wijnaldum away from home and he didn’t deliver.
Pointing out that the rest of the Newcastle players failed the fans, doesn’t let the now Liverpool midfielder off the hook.
Gini Wijnaldum speaking to The Telegraph:
“That is people’s opinion.
“I think I also play good in away games, especially this season.
“It’s funny because last season (at Newcastle) we didn’t perform at a level as a whole team in away games for Newcastle but I was the only one who got the complaints.
“It is a team thing and no one can do it by themselves.
“People expect more from you than other players but we have to be realistic.
“If a whole team doesn’t perform you cannot pick one player especially and say ‘he doesn’t do this or do that’.
“It is a fault of the whole team if you don’t deliver."