Daryl Janmaat says that the only thing that matters at the moment is the club and getting it back into the Premier League.
Arguably Newcastle’s best player last season and one of the better (less bad) players in the first half of this season, Daryl Janmaat has seen his form and popularity fall off dramatically in recent months.
As Newcastle floundered under Steve McClaren, Daryl Janmaat was hardly helped when Netherlands Head Coach said Janmaat was gutted he had to drop out of the Holland squad through injury, due to the fact he was desperate to put himself in the ‘shop window’ in case Newcastle were relegated…
Daryl Janmaat is a player that most fans would expect to leave in the summer but along with most of the rest of the first team he is at least talking a good game in terms of indicating as though he wants to stay.
However, you aren’t exactly going to get players saying they are desperate to be off and when you look back at the likes of Damien Duff in 2009, he even played in Newcastle’s first Championship match of the season and repeatedly said he wanted to stay…until he left for Fulham.
Daryl Janmaat admits that he did ‘mess up’ when ruling himself out for weeks after hurting his hand by punching the dressing room wall at Southampton.
We are of course just all treading water as we wait to see whether Rafa Benitez will stay.
If he does then we can have faith that the manager will be deciding who leaves and who stays, whilst if Rafa feels Ashley leaves him no choice but to leave, you can only imagine a disastrous combination of bad decisions and a lot of rats scrambling to leave a rapidly sinking ship.
Daryl Janmaat talking to NUFC TV:
“We ended the season six games unbeaten and we finished with a 5-1 win against Tottenham – it is a good finish but still disappointing.
“A disappointing season as we are still relegated and then we have to start again.”
‘Is it frustrating that you have produced this run at the end of the season?’
“Yes, it is really frustrating. We are relegated and we need to look forward.
“The club is the most important thing at the moment and this club needs to be in the Premier League as soon as possible.
“They (supporters) deserve it, so many fans here today and the atmosphere was great, this club needs to be in the Premier League and have success, it deserves success.”
‘You mentioned the atmosphere, you wouldn’t believe the club had been relegated would you?’
“It was more like we had finished top five or something, unbelievable. A great day for the fans but they didn’t deserve this (relegation), it has happened though and we need to look forward.”
‘The fans made clear that they want Rafa Benitez to stay, do the players?’
“Yes, of course, he did a great job and I think he is a great manager.
“This is a big club and it needs a big manager, that is him (Rafa).”
‘On a personal level, a good return to the team for yourself?’
“Yes, I was out for a few weeks. A stupid thing for myself and I did mess up.
“I felt sad about it but things happen and now I cannot turn things back.
“As I said before, the club is the most important thing and we need to move forward now.”