Alex Rogers believes Georginio Wijnaldum is doing a fantastic job playing as a defensive midfielder and wants to see him continue as Liverpool’s no.6.
Wijnaldum has been at Liverpool for two years now after joining from Newcastle for £25million. While with the Magpies, he was seen as an attacking player, playing as a winger or creative midfielder. He even managed to score 4 goals in 1 game against Norwich.
Fast forward 2 years and Wijnaldum is currently being deployed as a defensive midfielder, dropping deep to help out the defence and breaking up dangerous plays. This is a vastly different role to what he has played in the past.
What’s really been impressive though is that Gini is making it seem as though he’s played the number 6 role his whole career! He’s played our first three Premier League games there and has been one of our star players while doing so.
When we bought Keita and Fabinho, competition for a starting role was going to be hard for everyone, especially Wijnaldum after a somewhat lacklustre season and rumblings of a move abroad during the transfer window.
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However, despite having a Ligue 1 winning defensive midfielder in our ranks in Fabinho, it begs the question, can Wijnaldum be our new starting holding midfielder?
Now that the Dutchman has shown that he can be a real force to be reckoned with in the number 6 role, we essentially have three players that can play there; Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum. This is a great predicament to have. Who do we start there?
With Fabinho not starting a Premier League game yet and not even making the bench with Klopp backing him to learn our system better in training before being given a place in our team, this is the perfect opportunity for Wijanldum to make the number 6 role his own if he hasn’t done so already.
Nearing the end of last season, Gini was already being tested as a number 6 and even impressed back then. It seems it’s been in Klopp’s plans for a while to nurture Wijnaldum into a number 6.
Right now, it would seem rather unfair to drop Wijnaldum for Fabinho when he is deemed good enough to start for us. I think that most Liverpool fans would be happy to allow Wijnaldum to continue his run of form for as long as possible while gently easing in Fabinho.
When we signed the Brazilian, to most fans he seemed an instant starter, walking into our team. Not many would’ve predicted that we’d have Wijnaldum perhaps challenging him for the number 6 role.
I, for one, love it!
I definitely want to see Wijnaldum even more as a defensive midfielder if he can continue this run of form. He’s not likely to be scoring 4 goals in a game from his new position but if it means he can continue to be a nightmare to opposition attackers then so be it.
Rumours say that attackers from other Premier League teams are beginning to talk about the defensive midfielder with the beautiful smile.
They say the last thing you see before he dispossesses you is a set of gleaming white teeth accompanied with a smile.
They call him “The Wij” and they are right to be scared.