What next for Wijnaldum after a terrible season at Paris Saint-Germain?

Georginio Wijnaldum is a name any Premier League fan would know. After a stint at Newcastle, he moved to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League. He is a creative goalscoring tendencies at Newcastle, and the Dutch national team, Wijnaldum did an admiring job as a shuttler in the Liverpool team. The French giants considered this move as a smart business. So, what went wrong?

Compromising start at PSG:

PSG started the 2021-22 season with significant injuries. This provided the Dutchman ample time in the first XI. The downside was that he was played in positions out of his comfort zone. This may not seem like that big of an issue for him since he has experience playing in a lot of positions across defence, midfield, and attack for his previous teams. But, it is one thing to play as a centre-back for a developing 2017 Liverpool team and a completely different thing to play for a star-studded PSG team expected to win everything. Add to that the challenges of a new city and an unstable club environment, and it becomes clear why Wijnaldum got off to a slow start. He has been asked to play as part of a defensive pivot, #10 , or sometimes even at right wing. 

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What prevented him from kicking on as the season progressed? 

PSG’s front three of Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi seem spectacular on paper. Their on-ball ability needs no explanation. The issue is their defensive work rate. Football is a team sport – something PSG tends to forget often. You might be successful by not attacking as a team, but any successful club always defends as a team. This is where PSG has failed.

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The front three do not contribute defensively at all, making it harder for the rest of the team. Add to that the defensive weaknesses of fullbacks Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes, and the tasks of the likes of Wijnaldum, Herrera, and Gueye seem impossible. This is not to say the ex-Feyenoord man is not to blame. His on-the-ball tendencies have been uninspiring, to say the least, and PSG continues to be overdependent on Marco Verratti for ball progression.

What Now?

However, his PSG career seems to be over. New manager Christophe Galtier has made it clear that Wijnaldum will not be in his plans. It could be a blessing in disguise for Gini. A move to a healthier, less start-studded atmosphere will do him a world of good. With Mourinho’s Roma interested in Dutchman, what do you think Gini would do? A move to a rebuilding side under a promising manager. Sounds like a way back to fame. Wijnaldum would be relied on, and play a major role for Italian outfit.

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