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.