Newcastle Go Dutch Again
Finally some good news for Newcastle United fans, they have completed the signing of Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum from Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven. After a dire end to the 2014/15 season that saw Newcastle splutter over the line just above relegation, this represents a healthy step forward for a club in need of a boost. This signing represents a significant investment for Newcastle, with a reported fee of £14.5 which makes him their third most expansive signing in club history, behind Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.
Success At PSV Eindhoven
Wijnaldum will be joining Newcastle United on a high after captaining PSV to the Eredivisie title last season. Wijnaldum is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, managing 14 goals and 3 assists in the league last season. He was largely overshadowed by teammate Memphis Depay who picked up the golden boot with 22 goals. Scoring Goals was an area where Newcastle underperformed last season, and with 14 goals from midfield, Wijnaldum certainly looks like he’ll add some punch to their attack for next season.
Newcastles Dutch Link
The latest addition to the Newcastle squad adds to a growing contingent of Dutch internationals, including Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong. Newcastle’s scouting seems to have taken a shift over the past 18 months from the French Ligue 1 to the Eredivisie. Both Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong were purchased by Newcastle last summer from the Eredivisie, with Janmaat been arguably Newcastle’s best performer last season. The later de Jong’s season was over before it began thanks to a pre-season injury, but he’s a proven goals scorer himself. De Jong will essentially be a new player for Newcastle this season too, and Wijnaldum looks to be an astute acquisition that will get the most out of him this season.
Remy Cabella Comparisons
If you think you’re suffering from a case of deja vu, cast your mind back 12 months and you’ll recall that around this time Newcastle completed the signing of exciting French attacking midfielder Remy Cabella for £12 million Montpellier in the French Ligue 1. Cabella had scored 14 goals and 7 assists in the 2013/14 season, and looked like a great signing. But he took time to adjust to Newcastle and life in the Premier League, failing to live up to his price so far. So the £14.5 signing of attacking midfielder Wijnaldum, with 14 goals and 3 assists last season, seems like Newcastle hoping it’s a case of better luck second time around.
Wijnaldum’s Fantasy League Prospects
Given Newcastle’s poor end to last season, a wait and see approach should be employed for Newcastle United players for your Fantasy EPL teams. Newcastles opening 5 fixtures are: Southampton (H), Swansea City (A), Manchester United (A), Arsenal (H) and West Ham United (A), 4 of which finished in the top 8 last season. Georginio Wijnaldum is clearly a quality player with an eye for goal, and Newcastle have a much better record at signing hit Dutch signings. He’ll most likely be priced at around £7.0, for which there are better options with proven Premier League experience. Newcastle have a nice looking run from gameweek 9-14, so track until then.
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