Former Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that he isn’t ‘completely happy’ with how things have started at his new club Paris Saint Germain.
After failing to agree to a new contract, the Dutch midfielder left Liverpool this summer to join the French giants.
It looked like he was nailed on to join his compatriot Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, before the Spanish giants’ financial constraints scuppered the deal.
Despite being a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League and Premier League winning teams, the 30-year-old felt it was time to leave English football.
However, his start to life in France has not been what he expected and he has largely been on the periphery of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
Challenging start for Wijnaldum
The Dutchman has made 11 appearances which have amassed 502 minutes, but he has only completed the full 90 minutes twice.
Wijnaldum is currently on international duty with Holland but the 30-year-old admitted his start to life in France has been ‘difficult’ and he’s not ‘completely happy’ at PSG.
“I can’t say I’m completely happy,” Wijnaldum said, according to NOS.
“Because the situation is not what I wanted. But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.
“I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to.
“I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.”
Newcastle should monitor situation
When Marco Verratti is fit, he’s guaranteed to play, so that leaves Wijnaldum competing with the likes of Leandro Paredes and former Premier League pair Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye for the midfield positions.
Pochettino seems to favouring Herrera and Gueye at the moment and when the former Spurs boss doesn’t opt for a midfield three, he’ll play his all-star attack of Angel di Maria, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
During his time in England, when Wijnaldum was fit he often played, so this will be new territory for him and something which could test his patience.
If the situation doesn’t improve throughout the season, then Wijnaldum could seek a summer move and cut his time in France abruptly short.
With the new owners at the helm, a lucrative reunion with Newcastle could prove to be an appealing move for Wijnaldum.
In his only season at the club, he scored 11 goals and made five assists from 38 Premier League games, but it wasn’t enough to save the Toon from relegation.
Then Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool in the summer of 2016 for £25 million, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.
Wijnaldum would be a quality addition to this Newcastle project and unlike when he signed for the club the first time around, there would be an infrastructure and feel-good factor surrounding the club that he wouldn’t have experienced previously. It would be chalk and cheese in comparison.
Wijnaldum’s comments about his start at PSG could just be a blip, but what happens moving forward is something the new Newcastle owners PIF should monitor.