Newcastle United star Georginio Wijnaldum expresses his regret

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Newcastle United attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been left devastated that his goals could not prevent the Magpies from suffering relegation.

Wijnaldum has told Sky Sports that his goals mean nothing as they were unable to prevent Newcastle United from suffering the ignominy of relegation.

Newcastle United shelled out around £14.5 million to secure the services of Wijnaldum and it has to be said that the Dutchman proved to be value for money, having scored an impressive 11 goals from a midfield position for a struggling outfit.

However, Wijnaldum’s efforts were not enough to help Newcastle avoid relegation and the 25-year-old has gone on to express his regret at this fact.

He said: "In your first season if you can score 11 goals, it gives you confidence. But I'm devastated that my goals didn't help the club to survive. That's the feeling that I have right now and I think that's the feeling that will stay for a long time.

"It's difficult to be happy if you're relegated. I scored goals, but they don't have a meaning anymore because we are relegated. I've never played in this situation. I feel how it is to score but it will not help the team to survive, so I'm sad about that."

Following Newcastle’s relegation, Wijnaldum’s future at St. James’ Park has been put into doubt and it will be interesting to see if the midfielder remains among the Magpies’ ranks this summer.

Newcastle will be expected to complete a comprehensive overhaul of the squad during the summer in preparation for life in the Championship and much will depend on who is on the bench for next season.

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