Since August 2014, Wijnaldum has netted 20 goals, two more than any other midfielder across Europe’s top-six leagues.
He is followed closely behind by Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben (18), Lyon’s Nabil Fekir (17), FC Twente’s Hakim Ziyech (17), Tjaronn Chery (15), who now plays for Queens Park Rangers but netted for FC Groningen last season, and Ajax’s Nemanja Gudelj (15).
He now has six in nine Premier League games for United, and he scored 14 in 33 appearances for PSV Eindhoven last season as he skippered them to the Eredivisie title and was crowned Dutch Player of the Year, an award which was won by Manchester United’s Daley Blind the year previous.
Tellingly, five of the top eight all played in the Eridivise last season, re-affirming just how clear the disparities are in the Dutch league, more so than any of the other top 5 divisions in Europe.
We’ve been lucky enough to see Wijnaldum at full throttle already, but if this video is anything to go by, there is plenty more to come.
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