Wijnaldum has signed for Newcastle, and wants to see them move up in the world.
The Magpies completed one of the best transfer deals of the summer by signing Wijnaldum, and he has told the Mirror that he wants Newcastle to become a club who are always progressing and looking forward.
The Dutch midfielder said: “[I want Newcastle to become] Ambitious. Always looking forward. In Holland they say a lot of teams in the Premier League play kick-and-run. Steve McClaren wants us to play football. I am not going to make 206 goals like Shearer, not as a midfielder, but I will do my best in another way, make assists, score a few and bring Newcastle back where they belong.”
Wijanldum is a player with credentials to back up his claims, and his comments should delight Newcastle fans.
He captained PSV to the Eredivisie title last season, at the age of just 24, and although Dutch football is not of the quality of that seen in England, his talents cannot be underestimated.
Arguably a more important part of the PSV side than Memphis Depay - who recently signed with Manchester United - it was a surprise that bigger clubs were not ready to move for Wijnaldum.
He will add drive and energy to the Magpies' midfield, whilst his technical style of play will work wonders under head coach McClaren - who wants to bring a ball-playing system to St James’ Park.
The Dutch international has arrived on Tyneside at a time when the club are struggling without an identity. They floundered near the relegation places last term, and McClaren has been appointed to bring a consistent style to the team, as well as move them forward.
Wijnaldum has much the same vision as his new boss, and the task will be much easier with him in the side.
It may be a long road back to the success with eludes the club, but with Wijnaldum on board, things are starting to look up for the North Eastern footballing giants.