With 13 games played in the Premier League and no wins under their belt so far this season, it’s safe to say that newly appointed Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has a big challenge on his hands to avoid relegation by the end of the campaign.
Taking into account how the January transfer window is on the horizon, Newcastle’s wealthy new owners could be forced into splashing the cash and bring some new players in to strengthen the squad at St. James’ Park so they have a good chance of escaping relegation.
With this in mind, it seems as though the club could bring a familiar face back to the club in their attempt to dodge the drop.
It has been reported by TEAMtalk that Newcastle have made it clear to French club Paris Saint-Germain that they would be interested in making a move to sign former Toon star Georginio Wijnaldum in January if he was to become available after a slow start to life with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
During his time at Newcastle, Wijnaldum managed to score 11 goals and provide five assists in 40 appearances for the Magpies across all competitions, showing how much of an attacking and creative threat he can be from midfield.
This is exactly what Newcastle could do with right now given how Callum Wilson (4) and Allan Saint-Maximin (3) are the only two players that have scored on more than one occasion in the league so far this season.
With 27 goals in the Premier League under his belt, Wijnaldum, who was described as a “beautiful” person by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when he left the Merseyside club at the end of last season, could relish the chance to add to that tally once again and potentially rescue a club that he has previously stated he has a lot of love for if his situation at PSG doesn’t improve.
However, it would be a big decision for the Dutchman to make to give up playing in a team that are in the Champions League to jump into a relegation battle with Newcastle, even if he would be guaranteed more playing time back at St. James’ Park.
Moving forward, with Wijnaldum starting just nine of the 18 appearances he’s made for the French club so far this season, if a possible deal can be made for him in January, then Newcastle should do all they can to convince him to return to the Tyneside club as a player that could potentially save them from relegation and be their hero.