Newcastle boss Steve McClaren must play Georginio Wijnaldum in a deeper role this weekend

Newcastle Utd - Gate

Georginio Wijnaldum has flattered to deceive for Newcastle this season.

Wijnaldum netted a goal on his debut for the Magpies, but so far his season has been one of unfulfilled reputation rather than excellence.

A fantastic attacking player for PSV Eindhoven last season, Wijanldum possesses a great goal threat, and his drive and desire in the midfield means he is often the key figure a team is built around.

Whilst used in the central midfield of a 4-3-3 system at PSV last term, Steve McClaren has utilised the Dutch international as a number 10 this season, continuing with his 4-2-3-1 formation.

This position means Wijanldum has goalscoring chances, and McClaren wants him to be the player who arrives late in the box to finish off chances.

However, he has yet to truly impress in this role, and McClaren needs to drop him into a deeper midfield position this weekend when Watford travel to St James’ Park.

The Magpies need to impose themselves on games more, and playing with two holding midfielders in Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita means that they are always on the back foot.

Wijnaldum’s best position is in the deeper position, allowing him to fulfil a box-to-box role, providing an offensive drive from midfield. Alongside one holding player, Wijanldum would then add an extra attacking threat, making that the perfect selection of players for the double-pivot of a 4-2-3-1.

Also, if Wijnaldum is dropped deeper, Siem de Jong can move into the first-team, taking up his natural position of number 10, which has so far been occupied by Wijnaldum.

Newcastle have looked dreadful in attack this season, and creating chances has been one of their weak points. Wijnaldum has the potential to be one of their biggest goal threats, and moving him deeper means that McClaren will be utilising him correctly for the first-time this season.

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