Paris Saint-Germain

Georginio Wijnaldum 'worried' by lack of PSG minutes

Tom Gott
Wijnaldum has not been a regular at PSG
Wijnaldum has not been a regular at PSG / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted to being concerned by his fall down the pecking order at the Ligue 1 side.

Having joined on a free transfer from Liverpool in the summer, Wijnaldum is yet to set the world on fire in France. He struggled in his first four appearances - all starts - and has since been relegated to the bench, managing just 92 minutes across the last four Ligue 1 games.

In the Champions League, he was hooked at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Club Brugge and had to settle for a late cameo as PSG secured a comfortable win over Manchester City.

"I can't say I'm completely happy," Wijnaldum said about his role (via NOS). "Because the situation is not what I wanted.

"But that's football and I'll have to learn to deal with that. I'm a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.

"I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes some getting used to. I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult."

Wijnaldum's comments come after Dutch boss Louis van Gaal said something similar, with the manager admitting (via The Mirror) that figuring out what is going wrong in Paris was one of his first jobs when the squad came together last week.

"I think it's a primary concern for every player," Wijnaldum continued. "It's also worrying if you don't play. But it's just the beginning of the season. A lot can still happen and I stay positive."

The Dutchman was a beloved figure at Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp was desperate to keep him around, but the Reds failed to reach an agreement over fresh terms and allowed the 30-year-old to walk away.

It had initially seemed as though Wijnaldum would head to Barcelona, where Ronald Koeman had been planning his arrival for the best part of a year, but PSG came in with a late offer and snatched him up.