Newcastle v Swansea: Wijnaldum urges Mags to get United for run-in '“ or else

Georginio Wijnaldum says Newcastle United need to come together and play as a team '“ before it's too late.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 5:30 am
Georginio Wijnaldum

The Magpies are second-bottom in the Premier League, and six points adrift of safety, with half a dozen games left to play.

And Rafa Benitez’s side need to beat Swansea City at St James’s Park tomorrow to keep their faint hopes of top-flight survival alive.

Newcastle, beaten 3-1 by Southampton last weekend, have spent almost £80million in the last two transfer windows, and Wijnaldum believes there is enough “quality” in Benitez’s injury-hit squad.

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But the midfielder feels that United are not working hard enough for each other – and that must change.

“We have quality in the team, but that’s not enough,” said Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven last summer for £14.5million.

“You have to do it good as a team and all together.

“That’s the thing that we didn’t do (against Southampton).

“We have players with quality, but the most important thing is to be a good team and not good as players only.

“That’s the most important thing. As a team, you can win games.”

Asked about the contrast between this year and last season, when he skippered PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch Eredivisie title, the Holland international said: “It was a different situation.

“We won a lot. The confidence is always there, you’re helping each other.

“It it goes well, everyone feels good and enjoys it.

“When you enjoy football, you’re at your best.

“It’s a different situation now.

“There’s not a lot of confidence, so it’s harder to manage a team that doesn’t have confidence.

“Things will happen by themselves if you’re in good shape.

“Right now, it’s difficult.”

Wijnaldum – whose performances have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months – knows he must do better with and without the ball.

“I was playing as a central midfielder, not an attacking midfielder, but, still, I think I must create more chances in a game,” he said.

Newcastle face a change at right-back with Daryl Janmaat out injured.