Newcastle not first team Wijnaldum has scored four goals in a game for

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The Dutchman was the star of the show in Newcastle’s 6-2 demolition of Norwich but he’s got form when it comes to scoring four times

Georginio Wijnaldum became only the second player in the history of Newcastle United to score four goals in a Premier League game after impressing in the Magpies' 6-2 win but his superb haul will come as no surprise to Feyenoord fans.

Back when the midfielder was cutting his teeth in Holland with the Rotterdam club, he famously scored four in a similarly resounding win over Groningen in the Eredivisie.

It’s February 27th 2011 and with Feyenoord struggling at the wrong end of the table, a league meeting with middle-table side Groningen represents something of a must-win.

Into the breach steps Wijnaldum, then just 19, with a similarly starring performance that came as part of a 5-1 victory for the Dutch giants.

Having broken into the team during the 2006-07 season the midfielder was, by now, a mainstay in the Feyenoord first-team despite his tender age.

His four-goal haul against Groningen would represent the highlight of a standout season in Rotterdam with Wijnaldum scoring 14 goals in 34 Eredivisie appearances over the course of that campaign.

Come the summer he would move on to PSV Eindhoven, with financial difficulties forcing Feyenoord to sell-off some of their brightest young stars.

Those four goals against Groningen – two from open play and two from the penalty spot – would go some way to convincing PSV to purchase the player.

So while Newcastle fans will be basking in his brilliance at the moment, don’t be surprised if a few other teams in the Premier League are watching Wijnaldum with intent.

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