Gini Wijnaldum has once again been talking about his year on Tyneside.

The Dutch midfielder saying that ‘you forget how you can enjoy football’ when you are struggling.

I think most of us have watched far too many seasons at St James Park when we ‘forget how you can enjoy football’!

However, unlike Wijnaldum who demanded a move to jump ship after only nine months into his Newcastle career, we can’t just switch clubs.

The former PSV player and his Liverpool teammates are fighting it out with the Manchester clubs for the third and fourth Champions League places but Wijnaldum only has games at West Ham and Watford to prevent it being two full seasons without an away goal in English football – despite scoring 16 goals at St James Park and Anfield.

The perception of many supporters, particularly Newcastle ones, that he goes into hiding far too often at away matches.

Wijnaldum claims  that he had ‘good intention when I went to Newcastle…’ and certainly he wasn’t the biggest reason for Newcastle being relegated.

A long list goes in front of him, headed by Ashley, McClaren, Charnley, Carr, Pardew, Carver, Kinnear, Wise and many others…and that is before you get to players who were culpable.

However, Wijnaldum could certainly have done more to prevent the relegation, as could almost every other Newcastle player with rare exceptions.

The Dutch international kind of acknowledging this fact, when he talks of being at Liverpool now and competing towards the top, saying ‘When I am enjoying my football I can give my best’.

Surely that goes for most players but the ones that stand out are the ones who will still give their best in a struggling team, unlike the likes of Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Janmaat who were more interested in who their next club was going to be as Newcastle sank into the second tier.

Gini Wijnaldum talking to The Mirror:

“I had good intentions when I went to Newcastle…

“In the beginning we were trying to play football but as soon as you don’t win games. the confidence goes away and basically you are fighting to survive.

“You forget how you can enjoy football.

“At the end of the season my joy disappeared – it was about fighting. It wasn’t football anymore.

“When I am enjoying my football I can give my best.

“Then it is OK because I know I’m a good player – when I am enjoying myself I can be even better.

“Pressure is part of football especially when you play for a big club like Liverpool.”

  • Leazes Ender

    Ashley’s philosophical quest is ‘anti-Benthamism’….

    … achieve the greatest misery to the greatest number with minimum effort’.

    • MFNUFC

      Excellent! You come to The Mag for the NUFC news and stay for the philosophy :-)

      • Leazes Ender

        its a bonus

    • Wor Monga

      Aye you’re right Bluebottle…by him keeping ‘Rafa the Gaffa’ with us he’s made the greatest number of Mackems / Smoggies, and (Aston) Villains miserable in the shortest possible time without any effort at all !!!

  • Andynufc

    Gini is a decent player who needs better players around him to shine. He talks of pressure but it will be a more enjoyable pressure fighting at the top end of the league than the bottom. Not the type of player you want in a relegation fight. Liverpool/Newcastle both got a good deal in the end.

    • Leazes Ender


  • anyobrien

    So basically when the going got tuff he bottled it?
    Canny that like .

    • Leazes Ender

      No he’s surrounded by people who don’t have a winning mentality, the result of which is a squad going through the motions of being well paid professional footballers and getting daft haircuts and wondering if they can fit another tattoo on their left arm…. a club that aims for tenth instigates this mentality.

      • Wor Monga

        No plug for Ashley there Bluebottle…you’re mellowing!!!

        • Leazes Ender

          Ashley aims the club at tenth…. no face.

  • Paul Patterson

    A two game a season wonder and Sissoko was another one . .

  • Wor Monga

    When we signed Gini he came with the reputation of being a storming box-box midfielder who scored goals, and was one of the most powerful, and influential players on the Dutch international scene…

    …what we quickly found out was a lot different from that…he lacked the competitive drive, and aggression needed to be a leader of men on a football field, and most of the time he was content just to sit in the background, and use his undoubted class to score the odd goal when the opportunity arose…

    …we needed leaders…we had some quality in the team but none of those experienced ‘stars’ like Wijnaldum were interested or able enough to give a lead, and drive the rest on…

    …From what I’ve seen of the lad for Liverpool this season he’s basically no different…just the same tidy fringe player who looks good moving around on a pitch, without holding onto the ball, but now he’s surrounded by leaders, and players in the team who can play and are prepared to sweat blood for the shirt!!!

    • Marveauxless

      You haven’t seen much of Liverpool this season then because he’s been fantastic, almost the complete midfielder

      • Wor Monga


  • Marveauxless

    How was Pardew responsible for Newcastle’s relegation when he left 18 months before we went down with Newcastle comfortably in mid-table?

    • Mrkgw

      Have to agree. Pardew had his faults which were in the main, his refusal to push MA into spending cash on the right players and being up front with the media. Other than that, I have no major gripes.

      • Geordiegiants

        Pardew as a human being was an absolute joke, he was by no means anything to do with our relelgation though.

    • cmrowley

      He’s partly responsible. He’s got more blame on his shoulders than Gini. If a doctor had been treating a patient for 3 years for a curable illness but neglected his duties to the point that the patient became terminal, then passed the patient onto another doctor, who is responsible when the patient dies? Doc 1 or Doc 2?

      Pardew was complicit in the slow lingering degradation of nufc. He’s every bit as responsible for relegation as Ashley, Penfold, McClaren and Carver.

  • Mrkgw

    I don’t think that we miss him and in the longer term, were well rid. Time to change this ludicrous policy on transfers and instead, being in the right mix of experience and youth which will achieve the right mentality.

  • SH.ER

    I am fu*king fed up with the comment section every fu*king time & every article
    slating Ashley, like Hello? Hello?
    what the hell Ashley had to do with this snake?
    give him a new contract? give him more millions? keep unhappy players?
    Didn’t Ashley keep Benitez? & on high wages, the 13th highest salary in Europe?
    Didn’t Ashley give Charnley £80m last season & £50m the season before to spend & Charnley threw it away on average players?
    SHUT THE FC* UP please & let Benitez do his work & rebuild in peace yeah.

    • Lord

      Agree to a certain extent on the funds provided (which is why I think it’s misguided when posters on here fear no funds being made available in the summer). However, what Ashley did very wrong is have a transfer policy in place that meant we had to buy young saleable assets. In some cases, for positions where we didn’t even need them (McClaren is quoted on this).

      We ended up with a young team with no leaders or bottle for ‘a fight’ and duly went down. Although Ashley’s policy worked to some extent as we made great profit on what we sold.

      Does look like this policy changed last summer, let’s hope Rafa continues to have control going into 17/18.

    • Leazes Ender

      When it was too late he dished out the dosh….then got it back again.

      • SH.ER

        Keep fooling yourself & the other innocent Newcastle fans
        How he got his money back?
        The club revealed their finance accounts for 2015/16 3 weeks ago
        don’t tell me you didn’t see them because of not, then i will not waste any second responding to you ..
        Ashley injected money to keep the club running behind the scenes
        he didn’t “get his money back”

  • Simon Ritter

    Wijnaldum condemns himself with these quotes (if they are accurate). Any player who says: “At the end of the season my joy disappeared – it was about fighting. It wasn’t football anymore” is not one I would want to support. Football is not bloody ballet; you fight for the right to play. Or in the Flaky Dutchman’s case, you don’t. Great ability is negated by weak attitude.