If Mike Ashley doesn’t accept an offer for Daryl Janmaat first, it is surely only a matter of time before the Newcastle squad collectively forces him out.
A player like the Dutch defender can only be tolerated for so long before the other players have no alternative but to help him on his way.
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Janmaat started his first ever game at centre-back on Saturday against the form team of the Premier League.
Arsenal might have made it 14 wins in their last 16 competitive matches but nobody could point their finger at the right-back turned centre-half.
However, as for the veteran of hundreds of games alongside him….
Yes,the problem is that when you have quality players like Daryl Janmaat in the team it makes certain teammates look poor to abysmal.
If Mike Williamson was in the team for any reason on Saturday then surely it was to mark Olivier Giroud on set-pieces, the fact he scored two from said set-plays simply sums up how even the strongest part of his game…isn’t very strong.
When it came to being comfortable on the ball, Willo was his usual juggling sticks of dynamite, whilst Janmaat was never rushed and played it to feet. Plus he still had time to surge forward and lash a long range shot just wide of the post.
Janmaat has already shown he is easily Newcastle’s best full-back, admittedly against some very limited competition. Though to his credit Ryan Taylor did well on Saturday and hopefully can hold his own when called upon this season, though he was helped by Arsenal being below par and having no real winger to mark.
When it comes to crossing the ball and assists this season then Daryl Janmaat is yet again head and shoulders above those who should be able to do it as a key part of their game.
Obertan and Sammy Ameobi are absolutely hopeless when it comes to crossing the ball whilst Remy Cabella can hopefully build on the confidence of Saturday’s cross and goal assist.
However, none of them can touch Janmaat for delivery into the box so far this season, a major factor in a number of goals by Cisse and Perez.
In terms of assists, Daryl Janmaat has six, with Colback next on four and then nobody else has more than two in the Newcastle squad.
I have no doubt that Janmaat could play any position on the pitch with probably the exception of keeper and centre-forward, and do a better job than whoever is in that position regularly.
He isn’t superhuman, just a very good defender who sets the standard for what is needed at United.
If in the summer Newcastle went out and bought three other defenders of his standard, then it would go a long way to sorting out United’s problems and give a solid base to work from.
The annoying thing is that with Janmaat’s purchase and that of Mathieu Debuchy before him, quality defenders are gettable for decent prices.
Newcastle have consistently had one of the worst defences in the Premier League in recent seasons and this time only QPR and Burnley have currently conceded more goals.
The same players (Coloccini, Williamson, Steven Taylor) showing the same weaknesses time after time.
Let’s hope the future is orange and that future at Newcastle is Daryl Janmaat and more of the same.