Steve McClaren insisted he wanted MORE from Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum – after watching him net four goals.
Wijnaldum led the way in yesterday’s 6-2 defeat of Norwich City yesterday.
The summer signing took his goal tally for the season to six with two goals in each half.
And the Holland international left St James’s Park with the matchball, signed by all of his team-mates.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez also found the net in the win, the club’s first of the season in the Premier League.
Head coach McClaren, however, feels the 24-year-old can get even better, and he is looking for the Holland international – and the rest of his team-mates – to play with more consistency.
“He showed what he is capable of doing,” said McClaren, whose side face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
“It is why we brought him here.He can and will be a Premier League player.
“We need consistency. We need a little bit more consistency from everyone. They have all got a lot to do.”
Alan Shearer, United’s al-time record goalscorer, was the last player to score four or more goals for the club in one game at St James’s Park.
He showed what he is capable of doing. It is why we brought him here. He can and will be a Premier League player.Steve McClaren
Shearer netted five times in an 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999.
And Shearer congratulated Wijnaldum with a message on Twitter after the game.
The Match of the Day pundit tweeted: “A win at last and six goals-even better! Congratulations to @GWijnaldum on getting 4.”