Newcastle must start winning games, says Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum says Newcastle are focused on earning a positive result in the clash with relegation rivals Norwich on Saturday.

Georginio Wijnaldum says Newcastle United have to start winning games in order to preserve their Premier League status. 

The Magpies travel to fellow relegation candidates Norwich City on Saturday, hoping to end a five-game winless run. 

Although the arrival of former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez seems to have lifted the mood on Tyneside, Newcastle remain second-bottom of the table with only eight games to go, facing the prospect of a second relegation in seven years.

But after producing a solid performance for the Netherlands in the 2-1 win over England on Tuesday, Wijnaldum says the trip to Carrow Road is now the top priority. 

The 25-year-old netted four goals when the teams last met at St James' Park in October, as Newcastle romped home to a 6-2 victory, their largest win of the season. 

A similar result will go some way to easing the club's relegation concerns, and the Dutchman, who is currently Newcastle's top scorer with nine goals this season, told their official website: “I will be happy if we win the game because it’s an important one, and every game that we have to play now we have to collect points because it’s good for the team, and that’s the only thing that matters right now."

“My focus was the Dutch team for two games, but on Wednesday I’ll go back to Newcastle and then I’ll focus on Newcastle again.

“We want to start winning games.”

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