Daryl Janmaat is one of the few (only?) positives of the last seven days for Newcastle United.
What looked a tough set of opening fixtures for Newcastle proved indeed to be so, with matches against West Ham and Watford looking at least on the surface to offer some welcome relief…
We all know now that nothing could have been further from the truth with the reality of those two games having hit home in the past week.
However, Janmaat has shown on a personal level that sheer determination can potentially turn things around.
Despite being Newcastle player of the year last season in many/most fans’ eyes, a poor handful of games to open the season by the Dutch full-back saw him quickly getting negative comments from many supporters, with his red card and display at Swansea being the real low point.
Only a handful of games earlier he had shown the same indiscipline at Leicester towards the end of last season.
However, those who were prepared to think about writing him off despite the goodwill he had banked in his first year at the club, have now seen the real Daryl Janmaat emerge again.
At West Ham he was one of very few who emerged with any credit, through sheer grit he got back into the swing of things.
Bombing up and down the righthand side he got 9/10 for commitment and heart, even though his end product was mostly a 5/10 in terms of effectiveness.
Against Watford it was another dismal team performance but Janmaat built on his personal revival against the Hammers.
On Saturday, Daryl Janmaat was back to near his best and not only was the non-stop running and effort there, he also had an end product, scoring one and unlucky not to get another.
Our fan ratings from the game saw him Newcastle’s man of the match by some distance, it may have taken him a few games but he is now heading back to his proper level.
In the aftermath of the Watford defeat, Janmaat was asked if he believed in what was happening at the club and whether they could bounce back.
He said he believed in the squad, the coaching staff and the new signings, they all need to look at Daryl Janmaat’s example and even when things aren’t going well, if you keep your head down and do the graft, you can come out the other side and be an asset to the club.
“You have to believe, otherwise it is not good.
“Of course I believe, we have new players, new good signings, we have a new staff.
“I believe in the players and staff.”