If Mike Ashley doesn’t accept an offer for Daryl Janmaat first, it is surely only a matter of time before the Newcastle squad collectively forces him out.

A player like the Dutch defender can only be tolerated for so long before the other players have no alternative but to help him on his way.

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Janmaat started his first ever game at centre-back on Saturday against the form team of the Premier League.

Arsenal might have made it 14 wins in their last 16 competitive matches but nobody could point their finger at the right-back turned centre-half.

However, as for the veteran of hundreds of games alongside him….

Yes,the problem is that when you have quality players like Daryl Janmaat in the team it makes certain teammates look poor to abysmal.

If Mike Williamson was in the team for any reason on Saturday then surely it was to mark Olivier Giroud on set-pieces, the fact he scored two from said set-plays simply sums up how even the strongest part of his game…isn’t very strong.

When it came to being comfortable on the ball, Willo was his usual juggling sticks of dynamite, whilst Janmaat was never rushed and played it to feet. Plus he still had time to surge forward and lash a long range shot just wide of the post.

Janmaat has already shown he is easily Newcastle’s best full-back, admittedly against some very limited competition. Though to his credit Ryan Taylor did well on Saturday and hopefully can hold his own when called upon this season, though he was helped by Arsenal being below par and having no real winger to mark.

When it comes to crossing the ball and assists this season then Daryl Janmaat is yet again head and shoulders above those who should be able to do it as a key part of their game.

Obertan and Sammy Ameobi are absolutely hopeless when it comes to crossing the ball whilst Remy Cabella can hopefully build on the confidence of Saturday’s cross and goal assist.

However, none of them can touch Janmaat for delivery into the box so far this season, a major factor in a number of goals by Cisse and Perez.

In terms of assists, Daryl Janmaat has six, with Colback next on four and then nobody else has more than two in the Newcastle squad.

I have no doubt that Janmaat could play any position on the pitch with probably the exception of keeper and centre-forward, and do a better job than whoever is in that position regularly.

He isn’t superhuman, just a very good defender who sets the standard for what is needed at United.

If in the summer Newcastle went out and bought three other defenders of his standard, then it would go a long way to sorting out United’s problems and give a solid base to work from.

The annoying thing is that with Janmaat’s purchase and that of Mathieu Debuchy before him, quality defenders are gettable for decent prices.

Newcastle have consistently had one of the worst defences in the Premier League in recent seasons and this time only QPR and Burnley have currently conceded more goals.

The same players (Coloccini, Williamson, Steven Taylor) showing the same weaknesses time after time.

Let’s hope the future is orange and that future at Newcastle is Daryl Janmaat and more of the same.



  • newcastle7

    Giroud is the biggest cheat in the Premier League must be Tom Daleys best mate the free kick for the first goal was a disgrace.When Taylor came back in the team this season the defence was excellent sadly he was injured but he will be back.Yes Janmett is great but so is Taylor.

  • IanDubbleYoo

    On the up side it means we don’t need to sign another CB!

  • hettonmag

    Cracking player Jane I only hope we can enjoy his talents for a couple of seasons, before the greedy owner decides to sell him.

  • GrahameSlone

    Possibly the best bit of business for us in quite a while.

  • Michael Dodd

    That’s a fishing for clicks headline of the highest order. Not looked but is the problem by any chance being a better CB than others who normally play there? So not a major problem.

  • partworntyres

    total footballer? – he dosen’t even eat pies. get rid of him.

  • Chemical Dave

    How can I see the top fan hit parade simon ?

  • Jarra MIck

    Unfortunately Bobby Steven Taylor doesn’t play enough games, miles better than Wilko but there’s no point having a decent centre half if he is always injured. Of all the players we should have got rid ofTaylor stands out. I can’t believe they haven’t cashed in on him given his injury record.

  • Chemical Dave

    “Us” ???

  • DownUnderMag

    He is just a good footballer.  I can see big offers (or at least big enough) in the summer for both Janmaat and Sissoko.  Trying to replace these two for the amount of money Ashley will try and spend will be tough enough and that is before worrying about the squad needing building up in depth AND quality before the start of next season without losing top players as well.

  • Corkyjohn

    & Carver will take the credit for Janmaat being a decent centre half….

  • v0ices

    Jarra MIck his injury record is why they have not cashed in, no one willing to pay a decent fee for him personally I think he is a decent player and useful to have in the squad but you cannot rely on him staying fit so need a player to compete with him for the starting spot/cover. So that leaves us needing two starting Cb.

  • SGM

    I think Williamson was in the team because he is the only fit centre half

  • lager_arm

    Janmaat’s a canny player with the ball, but defensively as a full back he’s got a lot to learn, never close enough to his man & tucks in close to the centre halves far too much, needs to stop crosses coming in

  • DaveNuFcHays

    What a load of shite.