This season has certainly turned out a rather strange one for the Old Trafford faithful thus far. Although their side currently sit just three points off the Premier League leaders, Manchester United have indeed faced a fair amount of criticism this term for failing to entertain their fans adequately enough out on the pitch.
Louis van Gaal has become increasingly pressured since seeing his Red Devils crash out of the Champions League this week – and although close to £250million has been spent under the Dutchman’s supervision at Old Trafford in recent windows, this team evidently isn’t operating at their full potential as of yet.
One man who could have therefore helped the Red Devils out greatly this season arrives in the form Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum. Before becoming a part of Steve McClaren’s own respective circus down at St. James’ Park this summer, Manchester United were reportedly considering the services of the in-form attacking midfielder prior to the Magpies eventually stealing a lead.
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Although Newcastle United have certainly failed to set the Premier League alight this year with a series of below par performances, Wijnaldum has nonetheless proven to be a rare shining light in the North East. Without the former PSV man on board at St. James’, the Magpies could have easily gone down as dead certs for relegation already.
Via his creative quality in the middle of the park, ability to link up effectively with his attacking teammates on the counter-attack – and not to mention a fairly priceless prowess in the goal-scoring department – Wijnaldum is a player who usually does the business to great effect. He has thrived in a team clearly struggling within the English top-flight so far, proving especially capable when it comes to making things happen for his side in and around the final third.
As Man United have found goals hard to come by so far this term, Georginio Wijnaldum could have well represented a smart move for the Red Devils over the summer transfer period. However, most top-flight front-men could come in and do a job down at Old Trafford in 2015/16, for Louis van Gaal’s side require all the help they can get in front of goal at the moment.
It seems the Red Devils may have in-fact signed the ‘wrong’ PSV man in the summer, as although the marquee capture of Memphis Depay certainly seemed like a shrewd move at first, Wijnaldum has seemingly taken to the Premier League with far more conviction than his former Dutch teammate. The 21-year-old emerging star could well develop into a top player with Manchester United one day, but Newcastle’s latest Dutch sensation arguably represents a better deal in the here and now.
For van Gaal’s team this season, Manchester United would arguably look a great deal stronger had they eventually followed through on their reported summer interest in Georginio Wijnaldum. However, what does that really mean for the club’s future transfer policy looking forward?
Will Manchester United suddenly begin signing value for money players as opposed to big-name shirt sellers? Unlikely. Would Wayne Rooney have been dropped in favour of Georginio Wijnaldum in the attacking midfield slot for Louis van Gaal this term? Nope. And do the Old Trafford hierarchy actually know the ins and outs of the modern game as much as their respective spokespeople would lead us on to believe? Doubt it.
In the end, Wijnaldum just didn’t have a broad enough reputation to be considered a genuine transfer target for United this summer. The Premier League club have tried to model themselves into a new wave Galacticos-inspired team in recent windows – and although such an approach hasn’t exactly worked wonders down at Old Trafford thus far, it remains hard to imagine any meaningful change taking place behind the scenes at the club any time soon.
So although Georginio Wijnaldum could have easily improved this current Manchester United outfit this season, it’s not hard to see why the out-and-out Newcastle favourite never quite became a Red Devils player this summer.