McClaren explains what Newcastle fans can expect from 'very skilful' Wijnaldum

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is delighted to have signed Georginio Wijnaldum.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has told the club's official website that new signing Georginio Wijnaldum is a 'very good player' after completing the deal today.

Wijnaldum, 24, racked up 18 goals for PSV Eindhoven last season, helping fire Phillip Cocu's side to the Eredivisie title in convincing fashion.

Now though, hot on the heels of Memphis Depay's move to Manchester United, PSV have also lost Wijnaldum, with Newcastle confirming a deal to sign the Dutch international on their official website earlier today.

After a quiet summer so far, Newcastle have now made their first summer signing in Wijnaldum, landing a major coup ahead of the new Premier League season.

The midfielder arrives on Tyneside with a big reputation from his time in the Eredivisie, and manager McClaren - who is familiar with the player having managed FC Twente - has told the Newcastle official website that he is delighted to have landed such a quality player.

"He is a very good player and someone I know very well from my time in Holland with FC Twente," said McClaren. "He was at Feyenoord to begin with and then at PSV, so has played for two of the top teams in Holland. Gini has developed into a player who is a regular for his country, he played at the World Cup last summer and has become a very good, all-round midfielder."

"He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skilful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and - importantly - he can score goals. Gini has developed his game into being an all-rounder. When he started his career he was a number ten and now he plays much more box-to-box - he is what is known as a double-six."

"For the national team he is a little more defensive, so I would describe him as an all-round player who has the energy and ability to get up and down the pitch, creating and scoring goals. It's obviously a relief to get the first signing in but it was all about making sure we get the right players and I believe Gini is the right one for us," he added.

Where will Wijnaldum play for Newcastle?

McClaren may have discussed Wijnaldum's possible role in the Newcastle side, but where exactly will he be playing next season?

McClaren's comments suggest that he will primarily play centrally, either as a central midfielder or an attacking midfielder, which could have a bearing on Remy Cabella's future at St. James' Park.

Wijnaldum also has enough pace to play out wide and cause problems, but a central role beckons for the Dutch star - and McClaren may well build his team around the player during his time on Tyneside.

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