Wijnaldum gives reasons as to why he struggled at Newcastle


Georginio Wijnaldum has gone on to state that he struggled at Newcastle United during the latter stages of the season due to being deployed in an unfamiliar position.

Newcastle United splashed a sizeable £14.5 million to secure the services of Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven at the start of last season and the midfielder ended the campaign with 11 goals as well as five assists.

Given the fact that Newcastle suffered relegation, Wijnaldum’s numbers were most certainly very impressive but a closer look into the statistics shows that the Dutchman was very inconsistent and that he even struggled to get going during the latter stages of the campaign.

Many Newcastle fans were critical of Wijnaldum failing to produce the goods during the club’s relegation run-in and now the Liverpool midfielder has gone on to explain why he struggled to consistently perform to his best last term.

Wijnaldum was quoted saying in the Chronicle, “It’s difficult to compare my role here (Liverpool) to the one I played at Newcastle. Towards the end at Newcastle I was playing on the left side. At the beginning I was playing as the No 10. I was almost the only midfielder in front of the goal behind the strikers.”