Newcastle United star sending mixed signals regarding his future


Georginio Wijnaldum has refused to commit himself to Newcastle United once again. Should the Magpies prepare to offload the Dutchman?

Rafael Benitez’s decision to continue as manager of Newcastle United has convinced a number of first team players to stay put at St. James’ Park and many are now keen on helping the Magpies earn promotion into the Premier League next season.

However, one man who has repeatedly sent mixed signals regarding his immediate future at St. James’ Park is star midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman enjoyed a fine season last term, scoring 11 goals and was arguably Newcastle’s best outfield player.

While fans would love for Wijnaldum to stay put, the midfielder has refused to commit himself to the Magpies and it is believed that Italian giants Roma are keen on securing the services of the 25-year-old.

Now Wijnaldum has gone on to speak regarding all the speculation and has remained coy once again by stating that he is too ‘devastated’ by the relegation to even think about the future.

He told the Chronicle, “It’s something I can’t think about. All I can say is I’m devastated that we are out of the Premier League. It’s 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.”

Wijnaldum’s latest comments seem to be a clever ploy to engineer a move away from Newcastle without facing the wrath of the fans.

To be fair, a player like Wijnaldum deserves to be playing at the top level and he does not understandably look too keen on grinding it out in the Championship.

If Wijnaldum was so ‘devastated’, the midfielder would certainly look to help Newcastle with their promotion next season but it is very unlikely that he will want to stay and the Magpies will probably be better off cashing in on their star man, rather than forcefully holding on to a player who is not fully committed to the cause.

25 thoughts on “Newcastle United star sending mixed signals regarding his future

  1. If he wants to play top division football, sure we can cope without him be nice to keep him tho to tear this division up, but why not loan him for a season then he can be back if we get promoted. I know he was invisible away from home but think he will come really good, if we let him go for good, never get him back, whereas if we send him on loan we will. Still think should try and keep him tho


  2. I was buzzing when we signed Gini. I think he’s a top top player, and I was amazed we were able to land such a player after the carry on at the club.

    I couldn’t believe McClaren played him on the left wing when he first arrived – total waste IMO.
    He thrived at SJP and looked a real threat most home games. But away, he was anonymous. He had little impact in those games & was very disappointing IMO.

    I still think he’s a top player, but is he right for the Championship?.

    He won’t be playing for us next season IMO. The only question will be, will we sell him or will we loan him out for the season so he’s back with us for our return to the PL?.


  3. Well for my money he’s a good player when things are going well but when you have to graft to grind out a result he’s not your man and with the ccc coming up imo he’s not suited to that,move him on we can look at that type of player when your beded down in the PL,don’t think Rafa will be to bothered if he goes


  4. SHARPY good point mate move him out on loan and hope we go up and then bring him back in,one good thing Rafa will not be pushed around by players he will stand his ground and players will do what “he”wants


  5. Those highlights make him look a really class player. Why was he so poor in so many away games? In fact all the away games. Defies logic really and I can’t remember anyone else being like that.
    He’s obviously hedging his bets at the moment and I’d put money on him leaving, probably in August.


  6. Icedog:
    SHARPY good point mate move him out on loan and hope we go up and then bring him back in,one good thing Rafa will not be pushed around by players he will stand his ground and players will do what “he”wants

    Ice – he’s a top player and loaning him out may mean we keep him.
    But personally, I would say if he’s not committed to stay with us through the tough times too, then sell him – and to be honest, I think Rafa will probably think the same. Any player who isn’t committed to the cause can & will be sold.

    Gini is a good player, but he’s not irreplaceable. We’d get good money for him now to strengthen the squad & when we go back up we’ll have the money to buy bigger and better players.

    For me, Townsend is our crown jewel. He’s the one we HAVE to keep. The rest, well what will be will be.


  7. I also think Aaron’s will have a big part to play if he can stay fit his pace will prove a winner


  8. Gini made those comments immediately after our final game of the seasoon the 15th May. This is not new news..

    Here is the link to the interview on TV:

    Nick if you read the comments you would have seen Kim was hoping to get an article up today. I’ll postpone it until the morning so that the clickbait can do it’s thing today… Please could you let people know when a new thread is up too? Cheers.


  9. Before people lynch Gini for these comments it’s important to remember that these words were spoken in the immediate aftermath of the last game of the season when any player would be feeling pretty gutted at that particular moment in time. Rafa’s future was also not known so from Gini’s point of view I think his comments were understandable at the time.

    I’d be interested to know what he has to say now that he knows Rafa is staying and once he has had a chat with the manager.

    I agree that a loan would be a good option for our bigger players that don’t fancy the Championship. They will value as championship players anyway. Better off loaning to top sides for a good fee then flogging yhem next summer when we are back up and their stock has risen again – if they still want out or we want rid at that point…


  10. Sham that’s fine mate when ever suits all.

    Nicky, good read and as Sham says we new this would arise with Gini given his after game remarks. For me he can go, nice player but a definite homer. We need players who can cut it both home and away. I have to agree with most posters who have said Townsend is our jewel in the crown, we must hang on to Andros at all cost imo.


  11. Sham , my only worry with loans is if they don’t do well at the club they are loaned to their value will drop. When you think of our successful players who have left, not many have gone on to shine at other clubs like they did with us.


  12. Wijnaldum is a mess.

    A midfielder having his first season in the UK scoring 11 goals is a great season by any standards. Lampard and Gerrard got all sorts of praise for similar stats.

    He was, however, shocking for about 30 or so of the 38 games. The fact 4 of his goals came in one game, at home against a relegates team, needs to be remembered.

    I’ve no idea what to do. Season loan does seem a logical solution. He will have several games before the window shuts to to gauge if he can handle the Championship.


  13. @shamrock – apologies mate, had it on a timer this a morning then wasn’t online! We’ll keep the road free tomorrow


  14. piss him off…. fair weather performer with no real bottle for a fight..


  15. I don’t think there is a hope in hell that we keep him. He was our marquee signing that a lot of other clubs were interested in and there is enough on his youtube clips to still get top clubs excited. Rafa may not HAVE to sell but I think he will, as he needs some money and Ashley will provide some funds but not a blank cheque. Our other signings were young with potential (Mitro and MBemba) or had fallen out of favour with their clubs like Shelvey and Townsend. They cost a lot but were not chased to the same extent as Gini.

    He is almost 26 and cannot afford a year in The Championship when a Champions League club like Roma may want him.

    I don’t think a loan will work either as if he doesn’t want to be at NUFC we should get the money for him and use it somewhere else.


  16. I forgot about the other signings, maybe because I haven’t seen them play – Thauvin and Saivet. Do you know Thauvin is up for Marseilles player of the year? He must have done OK there in his half season. I think the kid was homesick as much as anything else and is not the sort of player who would fit in a struggling team which we were from the beginning – 3 points from 8 games. God knows what he will do in The Championship so I think another loan would be best as we will not get much money for him.


  17. Get rid, keep him until we can get £25m or 25m Euro, if not keep him and let him rot.


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