The Newcastle United midfielder will enter Sunday’s contest in red-hot type, possessing scored 4 instances in his side’s 6-2 win against Norwich City final time out.
The Netherlands international has expertise playing in crucial neighborhood meetings, possessing featured for PSV Eindhoven against fellow Dutch heavyweights Ajax.
And ahead with the Premier League meeting in the Stadium of Light, Wijnaldum says he has already grasped the significance with the rivalry.
“When I stroll down the street or go in to the supermarket, Newcastle fans speak with me,” he said. “They talk directly about this game against Sunderland.
“I have already noticed just how much influence this game has for supporters. I see what they want from the players, we need to try and win this game.”
Wijnaldum arrived at St James’ Park this close-season within a ￡14.5million deal and has enjoyed the backing of the fans in spite of the team’s disappointing start to the season.
“When it goes negative you know supporters might be angry at players who were purchased for many money. But that was not the case here. They supported me,” he said.
“My team-mates and each of the individuals here supported me. So I really feel at dwelling. That’s why I can give the performances like I do now. I desire to repay them.
“What I’ll do now is love the moment and subsequent week I’ll focus on Sunderland.
“It’s not standard to score four goals inside a game. I will attempt, however it will be challenging. These are particular moments inside your profession.”