Newcastle have been awful this season and have been for most of the seasons since their famous run in 2012 under Alan Pardew. Unfortunately, it always feels that Newcastle have a great team in the making but it is the attitude of the players that go missing. For a club that has fans for whom the football club is everything, it sometimes seems unfair.

Georginio Wijnaldum
For many seasons, it has been their owner Mike Ashley who has borne the brunt of the fans for his languid and indifferent attitude to the running of the club. The departure of the unpopular Alan Pardew was supposed to be some kind of catalyst. Although ironically, Pardew had done a decent job for Newcastle and even a more remarkable job at his present club Crystal Palace. However, the appointment of the inexperience John Carver as an interim manager was even more ludicrous.

This season, however, promised a lot with the owner surprisingly splashing the cash after a miserable end to last season. One such huge signing was Wijnaldum, who caught the eye after his impressive performances for PSV last season. Although Newcastle were struggling, Wijnaldum personally had a good start to the season. His performances even caught the eye of Chelsea manager Mourinho, who felt that the Newcastle midfielder had the ability to play for Chelsea in the future.

The highlight of Wijnaldum's Newcastle career was the four goals he scored in the 6-2 win against Norwich but his performance against Liverpool was even more impressive. The Newcastle fans had very little to cheer this season. However, the impressive win against Liverpool on Sunday may make the fans believe that the tide is changing. It was not a surprise that it was their best player Wijnaldum who was instrumental for both the goals. The first one might have a tinge of luck but the second one was a beautiful chip over the on rushing Mignolet.

Newcastle may just hope this is certainly a catalyst for better things. However, they would need Wijnaldum to perform at his best to be able to achieve something good this season. The Newcastle players deserved the criticism for their indifferent attitude this season. Wijnaldum is one of the few who has given it his best and his celebrations against Liverpool suggest the same. Steve McClaren may have his detractors and right so. But if he can make Wijnaldum to perform well, the manager may be able to help Newcastle to do well this season and thereby answer his critics.