In his column for the Chronicle, former Newcastle United star Malcolm Macdonald has to hit out at the duo of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle United were very active in the transfer market this summer and manager Rafael Benitez brought in no less than 12 new players to St. James’ Park.
On the other side of the spectrum, Newcastle offloaded a host of players as well and arguably the two most high profile departures from the club were of Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool and Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham Hotspur.
Following Newcastle’s relegation into the Championship, both Wijnaldum and Sissoko expressed their desires to leave the club and the two players were eventually granted their wish.
While losing such quality players could be seen as a bit of a blow for Newcastle, club legend Malcolm Macdonald has now gone on to make it clear in no uncertain terms that he is delighted to have seen the back of the duo.
Macdonald believes that Wijnaldum and Sissoko were a ‘disgrace’ last season and the former Magpies’ striker hailed the club for bringing in a combined £54 million from the sale of the two wantaway players.
The 66-year-old wrote in his column for the Chronicle, “Rafa Benitez brought in 12 new players during the transfer window which has just closed, but the best piece of business without a shadow of doubt was getting £54m for two players who let Newcastle down badly last season.
“Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum showed an attitude which got worse as the campaign went on towards its inevitable conclusion. They were a disgrace at times. They really annoyed me. Made me angry.
“So well done the Mags for wringing every penny possible out of their departure. A handsome profit was made on both leaving United in the money even after a dozen newcomers pitched up at St James’ Park.”