Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, could well be on his way out of Newcastle United should they be relegated this season, after just one season with the Tyneside-on-sea giants.
The Magpies currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League and look dangerously close to dropping down into the Championship, a league that last years Eredivisie’s Player of the Year will surely feel is below his batting range. With 7 games to go and Newcastle sitting 6 points away from safety, survival is seemingly bleak, especially after losing 3-2 to Norwich in a pivotal relegation dog-fight.
Despite a poor season for Newcastle as a club, Wijnaldum has been a diamond in the rough scoring 9 goals in 31 league appearances. That includes an incredible four goal in the demolition job of Norwich, in the reverse fixture back in October 2015. He makes up 29.03% of their total league goals this campaign, not bad at all for your debut season in the Premier League.
It may come as a surprise to some that Wijnaldum has given to Newcastle just as much as he did last year with PSV. From our analysis it is clear he has improved on his attacking side of his game, even though he would have faced a much more difficulty this year, as last year PSV walked the Eredivisie by a margin of 17 points and had the likes of Memphis Depay who himself scored 22 league goals during the 14/15 campaign.
His pass completion remains of high quality, chances created, assists and shot accuracy have seen a sharp rise also. All he would need to do is score 6 Premier League goals this year to complete overhaul his previous season in terms of production. Previously he scored 14 league goals with PSV in the 14/15 season and will only look to improve on that and with West Ham improving by the week, it would seem like a wise move to dive-in for the talented Dutchman. However, Tottenham are also rumoured to be in the mix and should both clubs decide to formally bid, it will certainly be a test of who can produce the best honey pot in luring Wijnaldum.
Producing the same analysis statistics, we can compare Wijnaldum with West Ham’s very own talisman, Dimitri Payet. Arguably the Premier League’s best signing this summer, Payet has produced some phenomenal displays which hav catapulted West Ham up the table and in contention for a serious Champions League spot.
In terms of pass completion and shot accuracy the two seem very similar, with both providing high level performances. Similarly, both are used on field as a focal point and seem to be the pivot on their respective teams attacking displays. At West Ham, Wijnaldum would be surrounded by more influential players and this would further increase his productive side in attack.
It is no secret, however, that Payet has been much more productive and West Ham as a team have been much more efficient. With Payet’s chances created, at 3.88 per game, it is clear to see he is the target man going forward and with the addition of Wijnaldum this would offer West Ham the extra dimension and extra pivot in the midfield. Most notably, Wijnaldum has been ever present for Newcastle this season and alongside the likes of Payet, Lanzini, Antonio and Valencia, West Ham would be making a real shot for contention at becoming a Champions League side, just in time for the move to the brand new Olympic Stadium.