Gini Wijnaldum continues to question Frank de Boer’s tactics despite Netherlands wins
Gini Wijnaldum isn’t backing down – and that won’t surprise Liverpool fans.
The Dutch midfielder criticized the system used by boss Frank de Boer, despite being 100% successful.
Wijnaldum and his teammates smiled as a banner floated above the Netherlands training camp this week and read: “Frank, just 4-3-3!”
And the former Reds midfielder, who sealed an exceptional transfer from Bosman to Paris Saint-Germain just days before the tournament started, does not hide his desire to move away from the 5-3-2 used by De Boer.
Wijnaldum explains that strong criticism has been leveled at the squad following their 2-2 draw with Scotland in the warm-up matches.
He said: “We haven’t had a good preparation for the tournament. The hammering we got was something that led to some discussion in the team.
“We have spoken with all the players and the coaches of the critics. Fans and the media are allowed to be sharp and critical. We had to deal with it because of the way we played against Scotland.
“I like the real Dutch 4-3-3 system. That’s where my heart is, with myself in a striker role behind the top three. This is how we played under Ronald Koeman and this is also the period where we were again very successful.
“We made it to the Nations League final, we beat teams like France and Germany.
Wijnaldum, who cried when his teammates gave him a standing ovation during his farewell moment at Liverpool, hinted that Anfield club had not offered him the span of years he wanted.
Koeman looked like he could offer him a safe haven in Barcelona, when he offered him a three-year contract.
But PSG came as negotiations dragged on with the 30-year-old due to the astronomical sum of £ 9million a year, net of tax. He said: “Everyone knows I was linked with Barcelona and wanted to play for Ronald Koeman. But that didn’t fully materialize.
“I was in negotiations with Barca for four weeks and we couldn’t agree.
“PSG were faster and more determined. The project they have appeals to me. It was a great relief to have been able to finalize everything before the tournament.
It’s a decision that former Dutch defender Ernie Brandts, who played in the 1978 World Cup final, believes Barcelona can live with regret.
He said: “Gini has been absolutely fantastic for the Netherlands.
“Barcelona will regret taking too long to settle their contract.”