Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum sends message on Twitter ahead of first Sunderland clash

Newcastle playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum claims the Magpies are ready to face Sunderland.

Newcastle United star Georginio Wijnaldum has taken to Twitter ahead of tomorrow afternoon's Tyne-Wear derby agaist Sunderland.

Wijnaldum, 24, is the man of the moment on Tyneside after scoring four goals against Norwich City last weekend, in a game which the Magpies won 6-2.

Wijnaldum's heroics gave Newcastle their first Premier League win of the season but this weekend is a totally different proposition for manager Steve McClaren, as he takes on Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle make the short trip to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with McClaren's men desperately looking to end an embarrassing run of five Sunderland wins in a row on derby day.

The Black Cats are without a victory this season, so Newcastle will be heading in to the game with some confidence behind them - and that's apparent with Dutch international Wijnaldum.

The midfielder has taken to Twitter on the eve of his first clash against Sunderland, posting a rallying cry to supporters ahead of the big game.


Wijnaldum is likely to play a key role if Newcastle are to end their drought in the derby, with their last win over Sunderland coming more than four years ago - and another defeat would put the pressure back on manager McClaren.

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