Connect in the back of the net

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Newcastle United for the transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Reports by Sky Sports suggest that the transfer fee- which is in the region of £25 million- will see Georginio stay at the Merseyside club until 2021.

The Reds seem to have shrugged off interests from Tottenham and Everton who were also keeping close tabs on the 25-year old, and as it were, the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League helped to lure the Dutchman.

Wijnaldum was the leading goal scorer for Newcastle last season with 11 goals, and the second highest scoring midfielder in the Premier League after Riyad Mahrez [17], but even that didn’t prove plenteous as the Magpies’ deeply ingrained problems saw them relegated to the Championship.

 

Early life

Born Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum on 11 November 1990 in Rotterdam, he spent four years with Sparta Rotterdam as a youthful player before moving to Feyenoord in 2004: a club where he would make a name for himself.

He was signed by PSV Eindhoven in 2011 after making over a hundred appearances for Feyennoord, but it was apparent that they were never going to hold on to him for long given his natural ability.

In 2015, Newcastle came knocking and an agreed £14.5 million deal saw him move to England.

 

Liverpool’s best signing?

Liverpool may not have landed a star signing yet, but the Reds have by far been the busiest Premier League team this summer with seven signings, namely: Marko Grujic [Red Star Belgrade], Joel Matip [Schalke], Loris Karius [Mainz], Sadio Mane [Southampton], Ragnar Klavan [Augbsurg], Alex Manninger [Augbsurg],  and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Of the seven however, I would venture to suggest that Mane is Liverpool’s biggest signing thus far into the summer, closely followed by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Performance wise Wijnaldum is a proven goal scorer with a decent passing accuracy and dribbling as his biggest strength.

Be that as it may, the midfielder has often been a subject of heavy criticism for not scoring as often as he should.

On his day however, he can find the back of the net for fun, as four of his eleven goals last season came in a single match against Norwich City.

It must be a Dutch thing since much like Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, Georginio scores when he wants!

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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