PSG: Wijnaldum, a season in hell

PSG: Wijnaldum, a season in hell
PSG: Wijnaldum, a season in hell

Arrived free from Liverpool, Georginio Wijnaldum had a very difficult first season at Paris Saint-Germain. With his average, even mediocre performance, the midfielder even lost his place with the Netherlands selection.

Wijnaldum is in tough Paris.

Was Georginio Wijnaldum (31) wrong when he left Liverpool? Afterwards, it is always easier to talk. Still, the Dutch midfielder did not expect to experience such a complicated first season with Paris Saint-Germain, he who also had the opportunity to join FC Barcelona at the end of his contract with the Reds.

A completely failed season

Indeed, the Batave has so far found itself in the great widths in the French capital. Far from the very solid framework put in place by Jrgen Klopp Anfield, the former Newcastle player seemed lost, like an inexperienced young footballer without bearings. Sometimes aligned to the left of the attack, never put in the best position in a midfield that was too unstable and little helped by attackers who have, for the most part, played on alternating current, Wijnaldum has not managed to find a shoulder on which to rest. .

Despite playing time far from ridiculous (1916 minutes), 12th in the squad ahead of players like Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Thilo Kehrer, the 2014 World Cup semi-finalist too little emphasis. He who is renowned for his ability to be opportunistic in front of goal has scored only 3 goals, including a double for Leipzig, in 36 games (21 starts). It is less than Danilo Pereira (5), Idrissa Gueye (4) and Ander Herrera (4), players much less offensive than him.

Zapp by Van Gaal, Wijnaldum could leave PSG

By dint of pulling on the rope, it ended up cracking on the side of the Netherlands selection. Despite his status as captain during the last Euro, the Parisian was not retained by Louis van Gaal for the Oranje Nations League matches against Belgium (June 3), Wales (June 8 and June 14) and Poland (June 11). Since our last games in March, not much has changed in Gini’s situation at his club, unfortunately. I am therefore forced to make other choices, however difficult and regrettable they may be for me. justified the Dutch manager at a press conference.

A real blow for Wijnaldum (86 caps, 26 goals), ahead of inexperienced partners like Teun Koopmeiners or Guus Til. Six months before the World Cup in Qatar, probably his last, the Francilien, under contract until June 2024, could reconsider his future in the capital. In the current state of things, its participation in the great football festival next winter seems more than compromised. It’s up to him to make the right choice to try to convince his selection mentor from the start of the coming year.

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The article is in French

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