After the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that his pre season has been hampered by the after effects of the trip to America.
The new signing says that the 10 hour flight is one factor but by far the worst thing is that jetlag has been waking him up in the middle of each night after his return to the UK.
Whilst it is also affecting other players, Wijnaldum made the trip both ways with only a week between them, as well as extra internal flights – whereas most of the other players were there for 11 days.
Steve McClaren has already expressed his disappointment at the pre season schedule he has been landed with and especially the amount of travelling, saying that he thinks it is far better to remain in Europe.
I’m guessing Gini Wijnaldum would agree with his manager/head coach as he is waking every moring at four o’clock and can’t get back to sleep.
Considering the lack of time to prepare after arriving back from America though, the Dutch international says that he was pleased with both his and the overall team performance – especially taking the one chance presented to him and making it two goals in two starts for Newcastle (he also played as a late sub against Sacramento).
Gini Wijnaldum talking to NUFC tv:
“Most of the game was good but sometimes we had problems because they were playing good football. I think three days after coming back from America it was a good result.
“It is always hard to play after a flight of 10 hours but what is harder is that a lot of players still live in the time that they have in America, so most of the time I wake up at four o’clock and I can’t sleep any more – today I had the same problem.”
“I am always pleased to score goals and always happy if I make goals. I’m always looking for that one chance and today I had that one chance, when you get it you must be ready.
“As we get closer to the Premier League it is good to get games against English teams.”