We would all like to think that the players tap into the same kind of emotions as the supporters but Gini Wijnaldum is verging on the ridiculous.
Yes we were all gutted that it proved an impossible job for Rafa Benitez to keep Newcastle up, Mike Ashley making a shockingly bad call to not replace the Head Clown, sorry…Coach, at an earlier date.
However, the confirmation that Rafa Benitez is staying has marvellously swept away pretty much any negativity and left everybody looking forward once again, that is other than seemingly Gini Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfielder claims that he is still so devastated after relegation that he can’t for the time being contemplate where his future may lie.
Sorry…but surely this is a case of pass the sick bucket.
Nobody died, nobody seriously hurt, a football club got itself stupidly relegated but at long last a credible manager has been given the job and just as importantly, was in such a strong position he was able to insist that Mike Ashley had to start and do things properly, giving Rafa Benitez full control on football matters and credible budgets to work with.
It is now almost three weeks since Newcastle were relegated (11 May) and it is only four weeks (28 June) until Newcastle United begin pre-season training.
I think we all know that Gini Wijnaldum knows exactly what he wants to do at this point, whether that is to leave…or stay.
In an earlier interview after relegation, the former PSV Captain maybe gave a more honest answer when asked if he was staying at St James Park, he simply said that he didn’t know.
He didn’t expand on that but the obvious interpretation we could take, is surely that like pretty much every other player, he will see what other offers come in and then decide.
If it is Real Madrid then no Newcastle fan would think it odd that he didn’t leave, whatever his culpability in Newcastle’s relegation, if he ended up at Sunderland then we would all think it was very odd.
To play the wounded soldier role is all a bit pathetic, Wijnaldum gets paid a lot of money to play football for whichever club employs him at the time. Newcastle fans are not naive enough to think that many, if any, player feel the same as them, especially when they have only been here 10 months.
It is easy to say that you are going to stay, if you really mean it, but other than that Gini – you say it best when you say nothing at all.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the Chronicle:
“It is something that I can’t think about and all I can say, is that I’m devastated that we are out of the Premier League – it has hurt me a lot.
“First that feeling must go away and then I will see how I feel.
“It was devastating – unfortunately my 11 goals did not help the club stay in the Premier League so I am upset about it.
“I don’t know how long it will take to get over, I will take my time to get over it – time will tell.”
Interesting as well what Wijnaldum had to say about Rafa Benitez’ arrival. The new manager bold enough to give the player the kick up the pants he needed, Wijnaldum at last being left on the bench for both the Liverpool and Man City matches – which definitely seemed to spark an improvement in the relegation run-in :
“It is always a good experience to work with a new manager because every manager is different – I will see how it is.
“I can’t think for other players, only for myself, I don’t think about the future yet.
“I am sad that we are relegated and that’s the only thing on my mind right now.”