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Wijnaldum ‘I was just willing it to go in’

5 years ago

Georginio Wijnaldum is creating a big impression already, not only with his goal and display against Southampton but also his performance off the pitch.

Having had more time than Mitrovic and Mbemba, the Dutch international has settled in and the fact that he already speaks excellent English has helped his move look almost seamless.

Saying all the right things in interviews, he comes over as genuine rather than forced and simply trying to say the right thing.

No wonder he was such a hit with the PSV fans and is showing every indication of doing the same with Newcastle supporters.

Wijnaldum says that he was ‘willing the ball to go in’ as he met Obertan’s header perfectly.

For those of us watching, there wasn’t a moment’s doubt of where the ball was heading from the instant it touched his head.

Speaking to the official club website, the Newcastle midfielder had this to say about his debut:

“We created a few chances and if we’d scored the goals we would have won the game – easily.

“Mine was a good goal – we won the ball from their corner, Papiss put it over Gaby (Obertan) and he ran down the line after the ball.”

Willing it to go in:

“I sprinted around 60 metres and Gaby’s cross was great, I ran to the front post and put the header the other way, to the far post.

“When the ball left my head I was just willing it to go in and when it hit the back of the net, my first thought was to celebrate with the fans, and Gaby, too, because it wasn’t an easy cross to make.”

Fans who really support you:

“The noise in the stadium was amazing. I had heard a lot of good stories about the atmosphere and the songs they sing, so to hear it properly and for my goal, was something special.

“I love to play for fans who really support you and help you win games, that will definitely be the case here.”


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