It would be great to sit down with somebody like Daryl Janmaat and find out what he really thinks about the circus he has walked into at St. James’ Park.

After spending time at Feyenoord and representing his country, including being first choice at the World Cup in Brazil, it makes you wonder just how Newcastle United were sold to him last summer.

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Arguably Newcastle’s best player this season and easily the most creative with six Premier League assists, plus one goal himself, Janmaat now says he’s prepared to play a position he’s never tried before.

Moved across to centre-back at Goodison Park after Coloccini’s sending off on Sunday, it looks very likely that Daryl Janmaat will start his first ever match at centre-back when United take on Arsenal this Saturday.

After seeing the Gunners score three beautiful goals as they took apart West Ham at the weekend, the Dutch full-back/centre-half looks in for a busy afternoon, wherever he plays.

With Mike Ashley happily getting rid of Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and brining nobody in, despite United’s defence being down to the bare bones, Janmaat is ready to take one for the team:

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Daryl Janmaat:

“I will play in the middle of the defence if I’m asked to do so, although it is not really my position. If I have to play there, I will.

“If the team needs me there, I am confident I can do well there, even though I have not played as a central defender in the whole of my career.”

The United defender’s assesment on Sunday was damning, unlike John Carver and other players’ attempts to suggest it was anything but a dismal day:

“The second half at Everton was the first time I have played there, so it is not something I know all that well.

“Right from the start, it was simply not good enough, I thought Everton deserved the win and it wasn’t about luck, we didn’t deserve anything and we did not get anything.”

As usual the jungle drums have started beating ahead of the summer transfer window, with Newcastle’s best performers getting mentions.

If Liverpool are indeed looking for a proven right-back with Glen Johnson set to be released, then coudl you really blame Daryl Janmaat for leaving if a credible club offered him an escape from the madness at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley?

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  • David Bell

    Poor lad is gonna leave.

  • partworntyres

    “janmaat- have we got him back from forest? – is he a winger?” —JC

  • LeazesEnder

    When you don’t have a Manager you have to play a Head Coach out of position too… bit like playing Shearer or Beardsley in Goal.

  • tino o

    Although he hasn’t played centre half before he will be okay. Collicini and Williamson also look like they’ve never played centre half before every game!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Giving himself a very sensible disclaimer before facing Arsenal and I doubt he knows anything about the penny pinching that saw full backs Danny Simpson and Davide Santon line up as CBs against a poor Norwich that scored four goals for the first and last time that season.

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    LeazesEnder  Beardsley did end up in goal in our renowned three goalies game at QPR!

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    I think Janmaat will do well in the middle of the defence. Debuchy played that position earlier this season for Arsenal and  didn’t look out of place at all, even though, as it will be for Janmaat, it was a new role for him. Besides, it isn’t Janmaat who we should be worrying about, it’s Mike Williamson.

  • radgiegadgie

    I’d play Satka meself like.  We are not going to win so may as well give the lad some experience.  I don’t buy that bs about knocking his confidence.

  • geordieladdo

    Janmaat lined up to do something he’s never done before……Play under a top head coach at Newcastle?Play with top class players in every position at Newcastle?Play in a Newcastle team that gives two hoots about winning something?Play in a good entertaining, attack minded Newcastle team?Play out of position due to the obscene mismanagement of a football club where we only have one fit centre half (debateable as we are talking about Williamson) and no recognised regular goalscorer along with two of the worst ‘wingers’ the league has ever seen? yep that’s the one…. – See more at: //


    tino o I accept that Janmaat has been one of the few success stories this year but he is weak in the air and has been targetted by opposition teams e.g Peter Crouch goal. I find it hard to believe that he has never played centre back-I thought that the  Dutch philosophy  was total football and young players experienced playing in all areas.

  • tino o

    So where was Williamson for the crouch goal he is a liability if putting in a young kid he needs to be kept away from Williamson it will kill his confidence