Wijnaldum ready to make an impact
Newcastle summer recruit Georginio Wijnaldum hopes to play a key role for his new club this season.
The midfielder moved to St James' Park in a reported £14.5million move from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and is expected to start when Newcastle host Southampton on Sunday.
Newcastle are 2/1 to take all three points, a win for Saints is 8/5 and a draw is priced at 9/4.
Wijnaldum became a firm favourite amongst the fans during his time with PSV and he hopes he can endear himself to the Newcastle faithful over the course of the season.
He told the Chronicle: "When I came here the people were really nice with me and I met people and they were happy I signed with the club. I have more of a better feeling. Now I look forward to the first game and I am happy it is at home to Southampton.
"I hope to [become a hero at Newcastle]. I was in their hearts at Feyenoord before I went to PSV, then they were mad at me.
"The PSV supporters loved me also and when you play some bad games the supporters can help you out and that is important for the player if the supporters help you when it is going bad. That is what I hope."
Wijnaldum is also relishing the prospect of working under head coach Steve McClaren, having seen the former England manager enjoy success in the Netherlands with FC Twente.
He added: "I know him from FC Twente. I know the kind of football he wants to play and I like that kind of football. Normally the trainer says things but you don't know if it is true. But of him I see it with my own eyes when he was trainer of Twente. So I trust him and I want to be part of that plan.
"It really excited me. I am a player who can make goals and I also want to defend. I want to help the team. Last year we played with two attacking midfielders and one behind. When he told me his plans I was really excited and I trusted the plans of the trainer with the club and the team."
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