Daryl Janmaat says life at Newcastle is like a rollercoaster, something the rest of us could have told him before he signed.
Each season you feel more and more disorientated with every twist and turn (game) and then when it eventually comes to a stop (end of the season), you feel a little, or a lot, sick.
Janmaat though insists he has no regrets and when asked by The Mirror whether he has ambitions to play Champions League football, he simply says ‘playing higher with Newcastle’ is all he is interested in.
The Dutch international insists that Newcastle are playing better football than under Alan Pardew and John Carver but that playing football from the back has had mixed results. As Janmaat puts it – ‘Sometimes good…sometimes not so good’.
Daryl Janmaat insists that the whole squad, not just the first team, are pulling together but that only points on the board will make the real difference.
As to why those results haven’t arrived yet, apart from Norwich, Janmaat joins in with the hard luck claims against both Sunderland and Stoke.
After today’s game at Bournemouth, Newcastle will be a third of the way through the season and claims of hard luck won’t get much sympathy if the players don’t do the business on the south coast and lift Newcastle out of the relegation zone.
Daryl Janmaat speaking to the club’s preferred media partner, The Mirror:
“It is like a rollercoaster, we need a result. Only with wins can we get away from the struggles of the relegation zone. We need results, yeah, simple. Three points.”
“The manager wants us to play from the back and we have tried it a lot.
“Sometimes it was good and sometimes not so good, I think we have played a lot better football than last season.
“Everyone is on the same wavelength, not only 11 players but the 22.”
“What is missing? Which ingredients?
“Last game the keeper from Stoke was very good and we deserved more than a point.
“Sunderland game we had a red card that was not deserved. That killed us. But there are different things that are working.”
“Everyone is focused. We all want better results and we all work hard in training.”
Ambitions to play in Champions League?
“I have six years here. I want to play higher with Newcastle and that is my ambition at the moment.”