For Newcastle United fans, one of the only good things to come out of their dreaded 2015/16 season was the fact that Rafa Benitez was appointed after Steven McLaren’s sacking towards the end of the campaign. However, an underrated high was when they secured the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum, who has gone on to become a household name in the Premier League.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 11, 2015
The Dutchman swapped the Eredivisie for the Premier League for a fee of £14.5 million and whilst he only lasted one season at the club he had the fans on the edge of their seats throughout. His tally of 11 goals and five assists in the Premier League in his debut campaign from midfield was mightily impressive, and the fans will still be gutted that he choose to leave them for Liverpool.
They won’t hold Wijnadum’s exit after just one season against him though. After being relegated to the Championship no one would have expected the club’s top players to stay, and the fact that Wijnaldum has become a staple of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side this season is a testament to his ability. Was it not for Gini that season, the Magpies would have gone down without a whimper, and whilst it was toughing having to say goodbye after just one season, his one season of magic was worth watching.
You can see what the Magpies had to say about Wijnaldum when he first signed here:
— Paul Mitchell (@GastonGrimsdyke) July 11, 2015
— Tom Lavender (@Tomlavender81) July 11, 2015
— Geordie News (@Geordie_news) July 11, 2015
@NUFC at last the wallet has been opened
— Derek Henderson (@derekhe76986709) July 13, 2015
— Fɾαɳƈιʂƈσ (@franktastic9) 12 July 2015
— Derek Gardner (@DerekGardner75) July 11, 2015
— Mark Huppelschoten (@markhup) July 11, 2015
— Thomas vango (@vantufc) July 11, 2015
The Magpies were truly delighted when Wijnaldum came to town and will hope that maybe one day he might return to St James Park, even if it doesn’t look at all likely.
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