Selling Daryl Janmaat would be the best bit of business that Newcastle could do in January.
Where Shola Ameobi cornered the market as a non-goal scoring striker, Daryl Janmaat has done the same as the non-defending defender.
Inexplicably, Janmaat has fooled Newcastle supporters with some energetic overlapping displays, the odd assist and goal, but his defensive contributions are negligible.
He consistently gets caught out at the back post and yesterday alone, his backpass to Elliot needlessly placed the team under pressure and there were times when he was caught out of position and casually made an effort to get back.
I might be old fashioned but I want my full-backs to be on the pitch to do the job of defending; if they can play a little bit that is just a bonus.
There is a worrying trend in football, probably started by Roberto Carlos, that a full-back should be an attacking outlet, but if we look at the title winning teams of the last few years, their full-backs are generally tough uncompromising defenders skilled in the dark arts, such as Ivanovic and Zabaleta.
The Debuchys, Santons and Janmaats of this world might be pleasing on the eye but you will never win things with full-backs of this ilk, as they are defensive liabilities.
I would honestly take a Danny Simpson over a Janmaat; the former being a consistent and committed performer during the year that we finished 5th in the league.
Where the sale of Sissoko or Perez would arguably weaken the team, the sale of Janmaat, providing they have a back-up plan in mind, would arguably be excellent business and beneficial for the improvement of the team on a defensive level.
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