In the build up to Saturday’s match with Swansea, Daryl Janmaat appears to have been getting a little bit carried away with things.
Obviously any Newcastle match is more important to the fans than whoever wins the World Cup but the Dutch defender is straining credibility with what he has had to say.
Janmaat has said that the Swansea game comes close in importance to the World Cup semi-final he played in against Argentina last summer in Brazil.
I could understand up to a point if United had a chance of winning the Premier League (we can dream) by beating Swansea, or even Champions League qualification.
However, surely with relegation a remote possibility due to the points differences and number of games left, Saturday is simply about trying to avoid the humiliation of John Carver and his players beating Alan Pardew’s record of six defeats in a row when at St. James’ Park.
Naturally we want the players to care and to show it, but maybe sparked by the terrible depression hanging over the club, Daryl Janmaat felt compelled to try and get across how much it means to the players.
Let’s hope some of the Dutchman’s colleagues give it a better go of showing they care against Swansea as opposed to the feeble effort against Spurs.
“It is a big game.
“I have played in the semi-finals of the World Cup and that was big, but this is close for me. “
“We have to win it and we are staying focused.
“Taking three points will be enough to be safe at the moment, that’s our only focus.”
For the record, Daryl Janmaat came on at half-time in that semi-final against Argentina and played right through to the end of extra time.
Holland lost 4-2 on penalties although Janmaat didn’t get to take one.
Tim Krul had been denied the chance to once again show penalty heroics, as all the Dutch substitutes had already been used.
Of course the only way Newcastle players can really show they care is by doing it on the pitch – on that front Daryl Janmaat is one of the few who can hold his head up this season.