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One in one out for Newcastle in the Garth Crooks team of the week

6 years ago

Garth Crooks has chosen his team of the week for BBC Sport.

In a weekend of some excellent attacking football in the Premier League, the TV pundit couldn’t deny the contribution of one Newcastle player, though maybe surprisingly one other was passed over.

Gini Wijnaldum’s four goals won him a place in Garth Crooks’ team but he warned Steve McClaren that he has to sort the defence out as he cannot expect the Dutchman to score so many every week.

Moussa Sissoko has taken some stick in the last 18 months but nobody could deny his excellent attacking contribution yesterday, making three or four of the goals and opening Norwich up any number of times.

However, Garth Crooks went for four players from the Manchester clubs plus James Vardy, to complete his front six.

Crooks’ write-up on Wijnaldum is below but here is his team of the week first.

Garth Crooks Premier League Team of The Week

Mignolet (Liverpool)

Jenkinson (West Ham)

Koscielny (Arsenal)

Sakho (Liverpool)

Rojo (Man Utd)

Herrera (Man Utd)

Schneiderlin (Man Utd)

Sterling (Man City)

Wijnaldum (Newcastle)

Vardy (Leicester)

Bony (Man City)

Garth Crooks on Wijnaldum

‘It speaks volumes when you have to score six goals to guarantee three points at home. Even at 5-2, Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was experiencing moments of discomfort.

The Magpies are having to go to some extraordinary lengths these days in order to secure a victory. It was just as well Georginio Wijnaldum had an inspired day and scored four superb goals.

But if McClaren or any of his staff think for one minute that Wijnaldum, or anyone else for that matter, can keep scoring goals at this rate to win games he can think again.

Wijnaldum needs to have a quiet word with his boss and tell him to sort his defence out.’


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