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?