Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum desperate to prove he CAN score away from home

Georginio Wijnaldum's looking to finally get off the mark away from home '“ and banish the memory of Newcastle United's FA Cup exit.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 22nd January 2016, 12:49 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2016, 12:54 pm
Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum

All nine of Wijnaldum’s goals this season have come at St James’s Park.

And the midfielder’s keen to make a goalscoring contribution on his travels.

Relegation-threatened Newcastle travel to Watford tomorrow looking to claim a second successive Premier League victory.

Steve McClaren’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup at Vicarage Road a fortnight ago.

Troy Deeney seized on a misjudged backpass from Wijnaldum to book Watford a place in the competition’s fourth round.

Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven last summer, is keen to make amends on the club’s return to Hertfordshire against a faltering team which has lost its last four league games.

Georginio Wijnaldum

“I always want to score,” said Wijnaldum, who has been restored to his preferred No 10 role.

“I score at the home games, but I have the opportunity at Watford. I have the feeling also that I will score more in this position.

“I know I will create chances, that is one of the qualities I have

“You know that every game I can make goals, and that’s what I hope to do.”

Georginio Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum – who scored in last weekend’s 2-1 win over West Ham – feels the game will be different to the cup tie given Watford manager Quique Flores made a number of changes to his team for the third-round tie.

Newcastle, meanwhile, signed midfielder pair Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet last week, and both could start.

Shelvey had a hand in both goals against West Ham, while Saivet came off the bench in the second half.

“From both sides it will be different from the cup game,” said 25-year-old Wijnaldum.

“They will play with a stronger team. They didn’t play it last time.

“The game will be different. They will play with players who were on the bench last time, and we have new players – Jonjo, Henri.

“It’s going to be a different game.”

The West Ham result ended a run of four successive 1-0 defeats, culminating in their FA Cup exit.

United were struggling to convert their possession and chances into goals.

However, Newcastle – who came from behind to draw 3-3 with Manchester United at St James’s Park last week – have scored five goals in their last two matches.

And Wijnaldum’s hopeful that the team has turned a corner in front of goal.

“If you look at the three games we play, we play good but the chances we created we didn’t make,” said Wijnaldum.

“It’s about goals. This is what I think. It’s the only thing I can think about now. Everything was good, (but) we forgot to score.

“On the other side, we make a few mistakes when the opponent scored at set-plays.

“If you make the chances you’ve got, it doesn’t matter that they score from a set piece.

“We can take that into Watford with confidence, knowing we can score and that we can add more down there after playing well last time.”

Meanwhile, former Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon could make his Watford debut against United. Pantilion joined the club this week for an undisclosed fee after spending the past year and a half at the Stadium of Light.