Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ll be fully aware that Liverpool are on the verge of signing Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman is supposedly on the cusp of making the move from Tyneside to Merseyside after a £25m fee was agreed, and his brother has even let slip that the transfer is firmly on with a less than cryptic tweet.
However, there has been a fair amount of negativity from some Kopites. The club’s Wijnaldum pursuit really ramped up after Jurgen Klopp conceded defeat in his chase for Piotr Zielinski, so it looks like the Netherlands international is a ‘second choice’ target. Further to this, the 25-year-old was part of one of the worst Newcastle teams in living memory last term, and was, despite his billing upon his arrival, unable to inspire a revival in the North East.
Although these are somewhat fair comments on the situation, Wijnaldum may actually be a brilliant buy. ‘Why?’, the critics may ask. Well, goals, that’s why! Although the playmaker’s tally of 11 in league action across his debut season in England was somewhat skewed by a haul of four at home to Norwich, he shone on the big occasion, netting against FOUR of the top seven (Spurs, Man United, Southampton and West Ham) in the Prem, as well as finding the net against Liverpool and Chelsea, who both finished uncharacteristically low in the division.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored last season vs:
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 21, 2016
That’s not bad for a player who supposedly ‘goes missing’ on the big stage!