Georginio Wijnadum has arrived at Newcastle United with a completely fresh mindset - and he insists that the Magpies must "have the confidence" to believe they can win "lots to trophies" going forward, starting with this season's Capital One Cup. The Magpies have not lifted silverware since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, yet former PSV Eindhoven captain Wijnaldum - who skippered the Dutch club to the Eredivisie title in 2014-15 - insists the club's mindset is now firmly focused on ending that trophy drought. With owner Mike Ashley having invested close to £50 million on five new signings this summer, including 24-year-old Wijnaldum, there is a mood around Tyneside that suggests things are changing at the club. And, speaking to The Chronicle ahead of Newcastle's Capital One Cup Second-Round tie with Northampton Town at St James' Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off), Wijnaldum said:
"I want to play in everything - I once had an injury for seven months and when my body tells me I can play, I want to play. "Everything is important to me here. We are going to fight hard for the first game this week (against Northampton)."
Goal-scoring midfielder Wijnaldum, who has already opened his NUFC account with a debut strike against Southampton, has lifted both the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup in his career to date. But he is targeting winning "a lot of trophies" with Newcastle going forward. He added:
"If you have a chance to win a trophy you must go for it. "As a football player you must also have the confidence to think you can win a lot of trophies. "It is an opportunity for us to win a trophy so we must go for it."
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