09/12/2021; 1:40 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Not everything that glitters is gold, but not everyone quite understands this cliché. People, however, discover painfully, it could be shiny but not precious. Many players burn bridges angling for what is supposed to be greener pastures. In the end, they find out they were better off where they were.
Players have always clamoured for better pay, more game time or bigger clubs. It will always be an aspiration for many. The football scene is replete with players craving the bright lights but crashed and burned under its intense heat.
It is the way the game is. Every ambitious player wants to play regularly for the biggest clubs and on the biggest stage. Georginio Wijnaldum had it all, but Liverpool was perhaps not the kind of pond he wanted to swim in. Despite winning the Premier League and the Champions League at Liverpool, he opted to let his contract wind down before joining Paris Saint-Germain. The Dutchman is now seeking a way back to the Premier League after failing to settle down with life in Paris.
With less than a season spent at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum is keen for a Premier League return. Only a few players could walk into the PSG dressing room and command an automatic shirt. It seems Wijnaldum is not a player within that category. The former Liverpool star has found breaking into the PSGng line-up an uphill task.
Wijnaldum finds himself in an unfamiliar situation. As per Sky Sports, Wijnaldum is open to a Premier League return in January, albeit on loan. The 31-year-old has a battle trying to force his way into Pochettino’sng line-up, but his desire to leave might find a brick wall in the PSG hierarchy.
In 20 appearances for the French champions, Wijnaldum has managed ten. He wants to convince Pochettino he deserves a place in the midfield ahead of Marco Verratti, Danilo Pereira, Leandro Parades, Ander Herrera andissa Gueye.
Wijnaldum has stated his dissatisfaction with his current situation and hopes it improves. The Dutch midfielder is ready to fight for his place but will not rule out a January loan move. PSG are unwilling to let him leave even though Arsenal seem interested.
Arsenal remains on the wings hoping that PSG could change their mind and allow Wijnaldum to leave on loan.
In October, Wijnaldum spoke to Dutch news outlet NOS where he stated that he was not entirely happy with the cross he has had to carry. Wijnaldum is unhappy with his lack of playing time and hopes his chances of getting game time improves.
Despite his lack of playing time at PSG, Wijnaldum remains a regular for Louis van Gaal and the Dutch national side. He helped the Netherlands secure a place in next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2016 after spending just a season at Tyneside. While at Newcastle, he scored 11 Premier League goals.