PSG star named Ligue 1 'flop signing of the year' after free transfer 

PSG enjoyed an incredible transfer window last summer
PSG enjoyed an incredible transfer window last summer
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Georginio Wijnaldum was voted the Ligue 1 'Flop Signing of the Year' following his move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from Liverpool last summer.

The Dutch midfielder left Anfield last summer to join Les Parisiens on a free transfer. He joined the likes of Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos in what was a blockbuster transfer window.

The move, however, has not gone to plan for Wijnaldum. He scored only three times and provided three assists in his 38 appearances across the campaign.

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Despite being part of the Parisian squad that reclaimed the Ligue 1 championship, Wijnaldum has been handed a pretty demeaning award by Get French Football News. The former Liverpool star has been deemed the 2021's worst signing in Ligue 1.

With votes cast in the poll by fans and an expert panel, Wijnaldum won the award by a wide margin. The website claimed that the Dutchman looked clueless in midfield as the opposition ran circles around him.

The site also claims that his former boss Mauricio Pochettino should take some of the blame for Wijnaldum's poor form. The website also claimed that PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino should share the blame for the transfer for playing Wijnaldum out of position in seemingly attacking roles. This further led to the player's confusion about his role in the squad.

On This Day last year, Gini Wijnaldum left the club and signed for PSG.

Georgino Wijnaldum reportedly seriously considering PSG future

Following a disastrous season in the French capital, the former Liverpool playmaker must improve his playing time next season. Only then can he hope to get into Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad ahead of the Qatar World Cup later this year.

According to Goal (as per Get French Football News), the thought of missing out on international football's biggest competition has crossed Wijnaldum's mind. This has forced the Dutchman to take a harder look at his future with PSG.

In an interview with Dutch news outlet NOS in October, Wijnaldum admitted that he was unhappy with his playing time at PSG, as he stated:

"I can't say I'm completely happy, 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."

He added:

"I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to."
Bold claim but in my opinion, looking at the qualities both players offer, Liverpool win the Premier League title if they renew Gini Wijnaldum’s contract instead of Jordan Henderson’s.

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Edited by Puranjay Dixit


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