Three things we learned from Newcastle's 6-2 trouncing of Norwich City

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Newcastle United finally secured their first Premier League win against Norwich on Sunday and did so in the most emphatic of styles.

Magpies fans were losing hope after eight games without a win and were wondering if Steve McClaren was the right man for the job after spending just over ‎£50 million on summer acquisitions.

Their 6-2 win against the Canaries, though, was very convincing and taught us quite a few things about this Newcastle side who now seem to be back on the rise.


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1. Georginio Wijnaldum is a good summer investment

Not only had the team performed poorly since the start of the season, but Newcastle's new signings had shown little to justify their respective fees.

With his four goals against Norwich, though, Wijnaldum proved himself to be a key player for Newcastle and showcased the ability that McClaren saw in him upon his arrival.

The ex-England manager spent ‎£15 million on the Dutch playmaker from PSV and it now seems as if such expenditure was well spent by the Magpies.

Of course, you can't say that a signing is amazing based on one performance, especially considering the horrific displays that we've seen from Newcastle this season.

However, it now seems as though Newcastle and Wijnaldum are getting the hang of things and should be able to claw their way out of the relegation zone were they to repeat that performance against Sunderland. 

2. Moussa Sissoko has still got it

Alongside many Newcastle players, Sissoko was one of whom failing to perform this season, which made fans really ask themselves whether he should be in the first team or not.

Despite Wijnaldum getting the man-of-the-match award against Norwich, Sissoko's performance should not go unnoticed. Indeed, the French midfielder made four assists and was a key part of Newcastle's success at St James' Park.

The takeaway from the Norwich game will definitely be that Sissoko has still got the quality that Pardew saw in him back in 2013 - and if he keeps this up will prove pivotal for the Magpies.

3. Steve McClaren actually seems in control

Success for any team also comes from the manager and how he handles his squad. Since the start of the season, there was a strong feeling that McClaren wasn't able to sufficiently control the dressing room.

You can't blame him, though, with players like the controversial Aleksandar Mitrovic undoubtedly difficult to handle.

At the end of the game, McClaren said the reason why they managed to win was because they stayed calm - and he couldn't have put it any better.

The Newcastle dressing room has been a bit all over the place since the beginning of the season, obviously due to the poor performances from the team, but Sunday was different. The entire game was so vastly different from what fans have come to expect from the Tyneside outfit.

And whilst they conceded two goals, both of which came from great crosses from the wings and were largely unpreventable.

The way Newcastle played was surprisingly pleasant to watch, and despite Wijnaldum scoring four goals, it didn't seem like he was the only player playing well throughout, as highlighted by Sissoko's four assists and both of Mitrovic's and Ayoze Perez's goals.

Whether or not Newcastle can build upon such a convincing victory is up to them and McClaren, but against Norwich, a sense of calm and composure was finally apparent at St. James' Park.

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