Player Review: 4) Georginio Wijnaldum


Newcastle United's fourth most expensive purchase was Dutch international, Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven for £14.5m in summer 2015 soon after Steve McClaren was appointed as the club's new manager.

Unfortunately, Wijnaldum only spent the one season on Tyneside which ended in relegation to the Championship. However, he was the club's best player that season by a country mile and a transfer to Liverpool was merited from his good performances.

Famously, all of the Dutchman's goals for Newcastle came at home, a feat that continued through most of his time at Liverpool and his away jinx was eventually broken in the Champions League last season.

Wijnaldum's best moment in a Newcastle shirt was in the club's first league win of the 2015/16 season in October 2015 against Norwich. Wijnaldum netted four times to help the team to an emphatic 6-2 win. There is only one other occasion when the midfielder has scored four or more times in a game. It came in February 2011 when he was playing for Feyenoord against Groningen. He scored four times that day and the other goalscorer was future Aston Villa captain, Ron Vlaar.

Courtesy of those goals, the club achieved a decent home record in that season. However the Achilles heel that season was a disastrous away record. Managing to post only two away wins (Bournemouth and Tottenham) proved decisive in sending the club into relegation. The midfielder did receive criticism for going missing during away matches as he could not replicate his home form for matches on the road.

His time at the club may have been brief but most fans hold no animosity towards him for leaving and it was certainly worth having a player of his calibre playing for the club.

Dates: 10th July 2015 to 21st July 2016 (378 days).

Transfer details: Bought for £14.5m from PSV Eindhoven on 10/07/2015.

Sold for £25m to Liverpool on 21/07/2016.

Total: 40 appearances, 11 goals.

Season by Season (when Wijnaldum has played)

2015/16

Premier League: 18th (Played: 38, Won: 9, Drawn: 10, Lost: 19, Goals for: 44, Goals against: 65, Goal difference: -21, Pts: 37)

League Cup: 3rd Round (v Sheffield Wednesday) - Played: 1, Won: 0, Drawn: 0, Lost: 1, Goals for: 0, Goals against: 1, Goal difference: -1.

FA Cup: 3rd Round (v Watford) - Played: 1, Won: 0, Drawn: 0, Lost: 1, Goals for: 0, Goals against: 1, Goal difference: -1.

Record with Wijnaldum

League: Played: 38, Won: 9, Drawn: 10, Lost: 19, Goals for: 44, Goals against: 65, Goal difference: -21, Pts: 37. Win ratio: 24%

Home (league): Played: 19, Won: 7, Drawn: 7, Lost: 5, Goals for: 32, Goals against: 24, Goal difference: +19, Pts: 80. Win ratio: 47%.

Away (league): Played: 19, Won: 2, Drawn: 3, Lost: 14, Goals for: 12, Goals against: 41, Goal difference: -29, Pts: 9. Win ratio: 11%.

Domestic Cup: Played: 2, Won: 0, Drawn: 0, Lost: 2, Goals for: 0, Goals against: 2, Goal difference: -2. Win ratio: 0%.

Home (all competitions): Played: 20, Won: 7, Drawn: 7, Lost: 6, Goals for: 32, Goals against: 25, Goal difference: +7. Win ratio: 35%.

Away (all competitions): Played: 20, Won: 2, Drawn: 3, Lost: 15, Goals for: 12, Goals against: 42, Goal difference: -30. Win ratio: 10%.

Total: Played: 40, Won: 9, Drawn: 10, Lost: 21, Goals for: 44, Goals against: 67, Goal difference: -23. Win ratio: 23%.

Record without Wijnaldum

Domestic Cup: Played: 1, Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 0, Goals for: 4, Goals against: 1, Goal difference: +3. Win ratio: 100%.

Home (all competitions): Played: 1, Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 0, Goals for: 4, Goals against: 1, Goal difference: +3. Win ratio: 100%.

Total: Played: 1, Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 0, Goals for: 4, Goals against: 1, Goal difference: +3. Win ratio: 100%.

Goals

Premier League: 11

Home: 11 (Southampton, Chelsea, Norwich x4, Liverpool, Man United, West Ham, Tottenham x2).

Total: 11

Home: 11 (100%)

Most goals in a 5-game run: 5 - Chelsea, Norwich x4 (September-October 2015).

Landmark Matches

First win

Newcastle United 6 (Georginio Wijnaldum 14, 26, 66, 85, Ayoze Perez 33, Aleksandar Mitrovic 64) Norwich 2 - (18/10/2015)

This match saw Newcastle United's first hat-trick since Demba Ba v Stoke (31/10/2011). The next Premier League hat-trick for the club came from Ayoze Perez against Southampton last week (at the time of writing this). A special afternoon saw the club finally get their first league win under Steve McClaren with new signing, Wijnaldum running the show with four goals as the Norwich defence could not handle him.

Last win and last match

Newcastle United 5 (Georginio Wijnaldum 19, pen 73, Aleksandar Mitrovic 39, Rolando Aarons 85, Daryl Janmaat 86) Tottenham 1 - (15/05/2016)

Despite already being relegated, it felt great to close the curtain on the season in spectacular fashion. Notably, this was the match that convinced Rafa Benitez to commit his future to the club thanks to the fans putting on a fantastic display. Wijnaldum ended his time at Newcastle in a nice way with two goals.

Further landmark matches

Debut and first goal: Newcastle United 2 - 2 Southampton (09/08/2015)

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