Newcastle’s work in the transfer market last season was poor to say the least, and the likes of Florian Thauvin, Aleksander Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba all failed to live up to expectations.
Still, arguably no new signing was as disappointing as Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The playmaker arrived on Tyneside as the Magpies marquee summer signing, and showed early signs of living up to his big price tag, most notably when he smashed 4 goals past Norwich in Newcastle’s early 6-2 win.
However, as the season progressed, it became clear that the former PSV midfielder was struggling to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, and some fans questioned his desire.
After suffering relegation, boss Rafa Benitez reminded him of his responsibility to avenge the Toon’s relegation, but it looks like a move away from Tyneside is best for both parties.
Reportedly valued at around £25m, here are 2 pros and 2 cons to Newcastle selling Georginio Wijnaldum.