Wijnaldum: A starting point and not the final solution
That line has been crossed, Newcastle United the 20th club out of 20 Premier League clubs to get a signing over the proverbial line.
Saturday morning seeing United unveil Georginio Wijnaldum as an official Newcastle player.
With only four weeks until the new season kicks off and the players flying off this weekend for pre season in America, the Dutch international has calmed more than a few nerves.
The player recording a short video in perfect English to declare:
“Hi, I’m Gini Wijnaldum, I can confirm that I am a Newcastle player right now. See you soon.”
The size of the fee (£14.5m) and the fact the Dutch playmaker was assumed to be moving to a club offering Champions League football, are two things that have raised many eyebrows.
As Newcastle fans, the signing ticks a whole load of boxes. Not only the fact that a highly rated player is coming to the club but also the belief, that surely Wijnaldum hasn’t agreed to come to a club that could have been relegated only 48 days ago, without assurances that other signings are also on their way.
In hoping Mike Ashley has seen the light and this first domino falling, we now await to see which other ones will come toppling our way.
So many things were wrong with Newcastle last season that major surgery was needed, with a minimum of four quality players needed to address the problems at both ends of the pitch.
Wijnaldum can most definitely be counted as one of those four but at least one quality striker and centre-back are essentials to go with the Dutch international.
Watching footage of the new signing, his stand out attribute is arriving in the box and putting the ball in the back of the net, as his 14 league goals showed last season as he led PSV to the title by a resounding 17 points.
He looks a great team player but one who needs more jigsaw pieces to be purchased to go into our new look team, as not much point having a great finisher if he doesn’t get the service.
By the time the players land back on Tyneside from their trip to America, there will be just over two weeks until kick-off against Southampton.
If at that point we are starting to see what the new jigsaw picture will look like, then whisper it gently, but there could be exciting times ahead.
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