What Daryl Janmaat Will Bring To St.James’ Park
Magpies fans have waited patiently for the official unveiling of Daryl Janmaat but with the deal now done, it’s rounded off an active period for Alan Pardew and the side.
Dutch international Janmaat was believed to be courted by several top European teams but what can we expect of the former Feyenoord man ahead of the new campaign?
Newcastle are obvious outsiders with Matchbook to win their opening game with Manchester City but it’s hoped that new signings Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere can offer more potency at the top this season while Janmaat is the man entrusted with improving a suspect defence.
If you’ve tried to find out any information about our new man then you may have come across a number of sites that promise to give you the full lowdown. They mention that he is strong in all areas and has no specific weaknesses. Great news, but if you haven’t followed the Eredivisie all that closely, you’ll need greater depth.
Fortunately, there is a more extensive Dutch scouting report available and it makes for interesting reading.
It’s claimed that Janmaat likes to drive forward in the wing back style and support his team mates further forward. He isn’t short of pace and is a good crosser of the ball with his stronger right foot. Alternatively, if he senses an opportunity then the defender has the confidence to cut inside and shoot with his left.
A record of 12 goals in 172 league games back in Holland may not be an outstanding one but any contribution would be welcomed at St James’s Park next season.
The report focuses rather heavily on Janmaat’s attacking play and while that will be useful to Pardew in 2014-15, presumably he has been bought to strengthen the defence as a first priority. The report goes on to state that the player has great physical strength and is tough to shake off the ball, while he has the mental fortitude to keep going over 90 minutes.
That may start to sound like a footballing cliché but the proof lies in the fact that Janmaat has been at the heart of a mean Feyenoord defence for the past two seasons. It’s not guaranteed that he will translate that into the Premier League but so far, all signs are positive.
Janmaat also knows Tim Krul well from their time together at Den Haag and in the Netherlands squad. Krul has just six full caps – one of which consisted almost entirely of a penalty shoot out – while our new defender has played 21 times for his country. They won’t have featured together for the national team on many occasions, but that familiar figure between the posts and a mutual appreciation of each other, can’t be harmful as Janmaat starts his Newcastle career.
Close season transfer dealing looks positive and while Cabella, De Jong and Riviere are vital members of the new squad, Daryl Janmaat could prove to be the most important signing of them all.
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