BBC pundit says this Newcastle midfielder was anonymous against Sunderland, praises Mitrovic

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Newcastle United and Sunderland played out a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin claimed on BBC 5 live Sport (15:29) on Sunday afternoon that Georginio Wijnaldum was anonymous during the Tyne-Wear derby.

The Netherlands international midfielder started the Premier League game for Newcastle United against Sunderland at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

Wijnaldum played for the entire 90 minutes, and it was his cross that striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home late on to earn the Magpies a 1-1 draw.

While discussing Rafael Benitez’s side’s performance against Sunderland, Nevin said on BBC 5 live Sport (15:29) on Sunday afternoon: “Newcastle didn't play brilliantly, but there was enough spirit to think they had a chance. They kept going for 90 minutes and they wore and wore Sunderland down without creating many chances.

"The one piece of quality was from Georginio Wijnaldum who had been anonymous for large parts of the game and well done to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

“He kept alive as he had no part in the game and was dominated by the defence, but he put himself in the right place and scored that goal."

Wijnaldum is one of the best and most talented players in the current Newcastle squad, but he did have a disappointing game against Sunderland.

The 25-year-old, though, will be crucial for the Magpies in the final weeks of the campaign, as they attempt to stave off relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.

Mitrovic is not having a great season, but the goal against Sunderland was brilliant and will have certainly increased his confidence.

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