Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum targeting debut season trophy

The Netherlands international has stated that the club have recruited well and that the side must be confident.

Newcastle United summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum has told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle that his new employers have recruited well over the off-season and the club should be targeting a trophy this season.

The Tyneside club narrowly avoided relegation last season but there is a fresh sense of optimism after the appointment of Steve McClaren and a number of new faces being added to the squad.

Wijnaldum is one of the recruits and impressed the St James’ Park fans with a goal on his debut, netting against Southampton in a 2-2 draw.

With the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Thauvin and Chancel Mbemba also joining the North East club, the former PSV Eindhoven star is confident going forward.

“We have good players but now we must make sure we show we are a good team,” Wijnaldum told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“When a lot of players come to a club it can be difficult to gel because you don’t know each other properly.

“However, we are going train hard to make sure we do know each other. Then we can be a big team going forward.

“We are focused on everything. You have to have confidence going forward and feel you can win a trophy. We have that chance here.”

It has been clear so far this season that Newcastle have potential but will take time to adapt to McClaren’s methods and new faces will not immediately make an impression.

Positive results such as draws against Southampton and Manchester United have been compounded by defeats to Swansea and Arsenal.

The Geordies travel to take on West Ham in London in their next game after the international break and will hope to add to their tally of two points from their first four games.

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