This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Before Gini Wijnaldum became a star on the world stage, he was at Newcastle United. Signed for £18 million from Dutch team PSV Eindhoven back on the 11th July 2015, the 29-year old would go on to make a name for himself in English football.
Should Newcastle have sold Wijnaldum to Liverpool?
In his debut season at the Tyneside club, Wijnaldum played in every single game in the Premier League, in where he scored a relatively impressive 11 goals and made a further five assists from midfield, as per Transfermarkt.
In between the 2015/16 term, his market value rose from £16.2 million to £18 million as a testament to how just how well he played.
Just a campaign later, Wijnaldum got a big move to Liverpool for £24.75 million, meaning that the Magpies yielded a rather tidy £6.75 million profit.
However, perhaps the Toon could not have foreseen just how well the central midfield player would do at Anfield.
Indeed, Wijnaldum has since gone on to win both the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League title in back-to-back seasons, being an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Dutchman scored two quickfire goals in their 4-0 home thumping of FC Barcelona in the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final to produce an amazing comeback after being 3-0 down from the first leg in the Camp Nou (via BBC).
In the top flight in the last term, Wijnaldum played in all but one game (per Transfermarkt) as he cemented his place in the heart of LFC’s midfield on the way to the title.
Indeed, NUFC may have some regrets that they sold him when and at the price that they did, as he is now valued at £36 million on the transfer market and is even being linked with a move to Spanish giants Barca.
Still, fans in the North East will still remember Wijnaldum’s immediate impact at St. James’ Park.
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