Georginio Wijnaldum, a 30-year-old midfielder who arrived at Paris Saint-Germain this summer following the end of his contract at Liverpool (where he had been since 2016), has yet to really convince in the capital. The Dutch international struggles to fully exist in the game. A difficult start mentioned by Jean-Luc Arribart, specialist in the Canal Premiere, with the newspaper Le Parisien.
“I think there are two things that work against him. First of all, when he started playing, he was not at 100% of his means. However, he is a player who has a big volume of play and who, like any midfielder, needs to be perfectly fit physically in order to be able to express himself well. Then, there is a lack of benchmarks in this team. It has been used and wandered around a little bit all over the place which makes it a bit confused. He could not create affinities, complicity with one or two partners in the middle.
We haven’t seen the real Wijnaldum yet. PSG were right with him. But you have to make him play where he can express himself best and, at club, in Liverpool’s 4-3-3, it was right or left piston in the middle. In a 4-2-3-1, he can be left in front of the defense. In any case, he is much, much better than what he has shown so far. “
All players who change clubs need some adjustment time, which is logical and too often forgotten as soon as the games start (like other elements of the context of a meeting). For some it goes very quickly, for others it is relatively long. It depends on a lot of things. There, you have to take into account the fact that Wijnaldum also discovered a country and that he could not do all the preparation. He has also played with several different positions and teammates, which doesn’t help to quickly find automatisms.
It’s a shame to see some already questioning the usefulness of the arrival of the Dutch midfielder. He undoubtedly has a lot to contribute in his energy, his vision of the game and his technical quality. Simply, you have to wait a bit to see it ramp up. A goal could also help for a click in confidence. Let him work with the rest of the team, it’s way too early to take stock.
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