Daryl Janmaat gutted that being ‘Player of the Year’ wasn’t enough
Speaking to the Dutch press, Daryl Janmaat says he is gutted that despite being player of the year for Newcastle last season, he has been dumped once again from the national team.
The United right-back has gone from first choice under Louis Van Gaal in Brazil last summer, to dropped by new boss Guus Hiddink after his mistake gifted the Czech Republic a win.
After battling his way back into Hiddink’s plans, there has been yet another change of boss for the Dutch national team, with Dayl Janmaat once again suffering.
Announcing a 31 man pre-selection list of players, Danny Blind left out Janmaat, though he did include Krul, Wijnaldum and surprise choice, former Ajax player Vurnon Anita.
That 31 man pre se-selection group is due to be cut tomorrow to the final squad to play Iceland and Turkey by coach Danny Blind, but Janmaat accepts that it is obvious he won’t suddenly be included in that final squad.
Daryl Janmaat speaking to De Telegraaf:
“It is clear that I am not included, such pre-selection is not there for nothing. Of course I am disappointed about that, it speaks for itself
“There is a new coach with a new vision and his own preferences. Apparently I’m not one of them.”
“I will now once again have to fight back. I could sit and cry in a corner but I will focus completely on Newcastle United.
“Last year I had a good season and I was ‘Player of the Year’. The only thing I can do is hold that level. Whether that is enough, I do not know. I cannot look into the head of the national coach.”
Like any country there will be conspiracy theories as to why certain players are picked and others aren’t.
Despite Daryl Janmaat thriving in the Premier League last season and on Tuesday night suggesting he could have a cracking partnership with Florian Thauvin (the top two in the fan voted player ratings, see HERE) on the right, it is a strange one that he has been left out.
He appears to have been replaced by the inexperienced Kenny Tete, a 19 year old with only six league starts for Ajax so far. Danny Blind of course being a playing legend at Ajax in years gone by.
As Daryl Janmaat says, hopefully this will be the spur for him to get right back to his best form of last season and also sort out his recent disciplinary problem, with two red cards in his last handful of competitive games for Newcastle.
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