Gini Wijnaldum has once again been questioned about his future after Newcastle’s relegation.
The former PSV Captain attracted a fair bit of criticism and sarcasm when he recently claimed to be too ‘devastated’ after Newcastle’s relegation, to answer the question of whether he wanted to stay on Tyneside or not.
After scoring the winner against Poland in a friendly on Wednesday night, Wijnaldum has been asked whether his international chances would be affected if staying with relegated Newcastle.
The player claims not to have thought about that either…but does says ‘of course I want to play at as high a level as possible’ in club football.
Wijnaldum further goes on to say that he was ‘on one of the best midfielders in the Premier League’ last season, with the statistics showing 11 goals and five assists. Though the player admits these become ‘worthless’ when the club are still relegated.
I think it is pretty clear that Wijnaldum thinks that he did his bit for Newcastle and doesn’t really see himself as one of those responsible for the drop into the Championship.
Looking purely at the stats it is hard to argue but with Wijnaldum so anonymous in so many matches, it is hard not to think that United could have got an awful lot more out the midfielder.
Either way, the fact Wijnaldum is keeping a high profile and finding the back of the net for his country, can only be a good thing for Newcastle.
If he stays then great but if he really does intend to leave then transfer interest won’t be harmed if he is keeping himself in the ‘shop window’.
Holland play Austria in their final friendly tonight before the players have their summer break and then in the near future I’m guessing we will be finding out whether we will see Wijnaldum in a black and white shirt again.
Wijnaldum speaking to De Telegraaf in Holland,
“The Coach (Danny Blind) decides whether he takes me also to Orange (Dutch national side) if I play a league lower…but to be honest, I haven’t thought about it.
“Of course I want to play at as high level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens.
“The strange thing is that I have very nice statistics for a midfielder despite the relegation.
“I was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League – only the numbers were worthless. That is a shame.”
In Wijnaldum’s previous interview (with the Chronicle) when asked about whether he was staying at Newcastle:
“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.”