Saturday morning saw an exclusive claiming that Daryl Janmaat was in line to leave Newcastle United.
According to Goal’s exclusive, both West Ham and Napoli are looking to sign the NUFC full-back before the transfer window closes.
After starting the first two games against Fulham and Huddersfield, Daryl Janmaat was dropped to the bench against Reading on Wednesday night when he was an unused substitute.
With Rafa Benitez admitting he will be using squad rotation throughout the season, it remained to be seen whether Janmaat would bounce back into the team at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Not only was the Dutch international missing from the first eleven against Bristol City, his name was missing altogether from the matchday 18, with youngster Jamie Sterry instead named as full-back cover.
With no injury reported, the writing could be on the wall for Daryl Janmaat.
Although to be fair, that writing has probably been on the wall for the past five months.
Back in March Janmaat was forced to pull out if the international squad for friendly games and national manager, Danny Blind, said the Newcastle defender was gutted he had to pull out, as he’d wanted to put himself in the ‘shop window’ to attract another club in the event of Newcastle United being relegated.
Danny Blind speaking to De Telegraaf – 24 March 2016:
“It is worrying for me – but especially for the guys at Newcastle United.
“The level (players play at) is not necessarily determinative – it is also about the individual – but it is an advantage to play in the Premier League. Ultimately, it is included (in the selection process).
“They (Newcastle players) realise that (playing at top level is big positive) too.
“Janmaat really regretted that he had to cancel.
“He wanted to be with Orange (Netherlands squad) as he was dying to be in the spotlight, to attract another club in case Newcastle United are actually relegated.”