Georgino Wijnaldum says Newcastle need to have players on the field who want to work hard if they are to turn the tide at St James’ Park.
Wijnaldum, who arrived in a £14.5m move from PSV Eindhoven this summer, has admitted the team are struggling to create goalscoring chances and says they finding it difficult to show enough bravery to express themselves.
The Magpies have picked up just two Premier League points, scored three goals (for more numbers, click here) and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday by Sheffield Wednesday – a result which has reportedly lead to a dressing room inquiry.
“I think that we must be more brave,” Wijnaldum told the Newcastle Chronicle. “We must stay positive because if we don’t stay positive, it is going to go wrong. We need men now out on the field, players who want to work hard and give everything to get a good result.
“But on top of that, we must also play free. Sometimes, I have the idea that we play with a lot of pressure on us because the results are not going well, but we must play free because then it is going to get better.
“In the difficult times you have in football, when it is not going well, you have to play free and show your quality. I think we have quality, but we’re not showing it at the moment. I think we must work hard on the field, and play free to make things happen.”
On Wednesday night forward Wijnaldum looked uncomfortable in a defensive-midfield role alongside Vurnon Anita.
“In this kind of situation it is not about me.
“It is about the team and what the trainer asks of me. That is what I will do. We must perform as a team and do things as a team together.
“I played controlled midfielder (against Sheffield Wednesday), and I prefer to play a little bit higher. But if the team needs a controller and someone who can make dribbles, that is what I can do.”