Wijnaldum A muCh Better Performer Than Memphis Depay?
The Newcastle man scored four against Norwich,which puts him up to 6 that dwarf memphis depay’s single against sunderland.
Such a feat puts Wijnaldum among even more illustrious company – not since Alan Shearer scored five goals against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999 has a Newcastle player netted four times in a Premier League game.
Wijnaldum also became the seventh Dutchman to score a Premier League hat-trick, alongside Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt.
The Dutchman has been one of few bright sparks during an otherwise difficult start to the season for Newcastle and Steve McClaren. The Feyenoord man has scored or assisted eight of the club’s 12 goals so far this campaign.
While Newcastle have struggled early on, Wijnaldum’s own contribution has been impressive. The midfielder, who followed Memphis Depay out of the Netherlands for the Premier League this summer, has out-performed the Manchester United man so far.
And while United boss Louis van Gaal issued a warning to Depay about his contribution to the team’s philosophy, McClaren was full of praise for Wijnaldum after Newcastle’s comprehensive victory.
“Individuals stepped up and that was the key thing,” he said. “The front four were excellent – especially Gini Wijnaldum[Goal]