5 Facts to Know About Newcastle and Sunderland Transfer Target Georginio Wijnaldum

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands (R) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Jonathan de Guzman during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

​Memphis Depay's less-fashionable ex-team mate Georignio Wijnaldum could be on his way to the Premier League this summer.


Reports earlier in the year suggested that he may be on his way to Arsenal or Manchester United, but more recently he has been linked with a move to either Newcastle or Sunderland.


So what can fans from either of the North East sides expect from the Dutchman if he signs?


Well, here are five facts to help you to get to know him a little bit better.

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5. He Won 2014/15's Dutch Footballer of the Year

​Such was Wijnaldum's influence in a PSV shirt last season that he won the Eredvisie's player of the year award - ahead of new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay.


Previous winners of the award include Luis Suarez, Jan Vertonghen, Wilfried Bony and Daley Blind.


Wijnaldum scored 14 league goals last campaign and made three assists as PSV cantered towards the title, beating second-placed Ajax by 17 points.

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4. He Made His Feyenoord Debut at Just 16

​Wijnaldum is still only 24, but he made his debut for Feyenoord as far back as 2007 when he was just 16 years and 148 days old.


He was given his chance in the first-team by now-Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, a gamble that paid off as Wijnaldum won the man of the match award on his first professional game for the club.

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3. He Scored at the 2014 World Cup

​Not only has Wijnaldum performed at club level, but he has also shown his talent on the international stage at the World Cup.


He was part of Louis van Gaal's squad that finished third at Brazil 2014 and he scored in the third-placed play-off victory against Brazil, a match that the Netherlands won 3-0.


He has made 19 appearances for the Oranje in total, finding the back of the net three times.

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2. He Is PSV's Club Captain

​Despite his young years, Wijnaldum's presence was so significant in the PSV side that he was made club captain last season.


He skippered the team as they cruised towards the Eredivisie title and showed he has experience and maturity far beyond his years.


Being handed the armband did not affect his performances either, as he continued to keep up his high standards from previous years.

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1. He Recovered From a Serious Back Injury

​At the beginning of the 2013/14 season Wijnaldum suffered a back injury which put him our for almost a year.


Most players would struggle to find their rhythm quickly after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but the PSV man pretty much picked up where he left off when he was back to full fitness.


He missed the majority of 2013/14, but come last season he was back firing again, helping his side towards the league title.

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