Daryl Janmaat spent two years at Newcastle United.

The first season he did very well as Newcastle stayed up on the final day of the season, indeed he won the player of the year award from the north east football writers.

The second and last season he didn’t do very well, Newcastle were relegated and he couldn’t get away fast enough.

Back then he embarrassed himself (see below) when international manager Danny Blind let slip that Daryl Janmaat was gutted because he was missing a match with Holland due to injury.

Not so much gutted about missing playing for his country but gutted because he had wanted to put himself in the ‘shop window’ to impress clubs ahead of Newcastle’s potential relegation.

Not exactly what you needed to hear when a quarter of the season still remained and a proper manager (Rafa Benitez) had at last arrived at St James Park.

Sure enough, along with the other rats, such as Wijnaldum, Townsend and Sissoko, Janmaat jumped ship after relegation.

Now Daryl Janmaat has chosen to wind Newcastle fans up again, when asked by a Watford fan channel what the atmosphere was like at Vicarage Road, answering ‘It’s massively different to my former club. Newcastle fans expect too much and can moan quickly.’

Only staying up on the final day of the season and then relegated the next, yes, those Newcastle fans are always expecting too much…

Daryl Janmaat (and keeper Ben Foster) in a question and answer session with Watford Fan Channel WD18:

‘How is the Vicarage Road atmosphere to play in?’

Ben Foster:

“Always look forward to playing at home. Lovely atmosphere apart from the Bournemouth game!”

Daryl Janmaat:

“It’s massively different to my former club.

“Newcastle fans expect too much and can moan quickly.”

The Mag – 24 March 2016:

Netherlands Manager Danny Blind, says that Daryl Janmaat ‘really regretted’ that he had to pull out of the Dutch squad with a knee injury, as he hoped to put himself in the shop window in case of Newcastle being relegated this season.

With two such high profile games against France and England, Daryl Janmaat could have hoped for a lot of coverage if he’d been selected and played well.

With five Dutch internationals at St James Park: Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong, Newcastle’s season-long relegation struggle is a major story in Holland.

Blind says that Newcastle’s poor form and possible relegation is bad news for him but especially so for the five players involved.

The Dutch boss says that the division/level that players are playing in, isn’t the only factor BUT he admitted it is a massive advantage to be playing in the Premier League (and doing well!).

Danny Blind adding that the five Newcastle players (and others) understand that perfectly as well – out of the spotlight in the Championship would make it very unlikely for any player to be selected for the national squads, although there are exceptions even with the major countries/teams.

Danny Blind speaking to De Telegraaf:

“It is worrying for me – but especially for the guys at Newcastle United.

“The level (players play at) is not necessarily determinative –  it is also about the individual – but it is an advantage to play in the Premier League. Ultimately, it is included (in the selection process).

“They (Newcastle players) realise that (playing at top level is big positive) too.

“Janmaat really regretted that he had to cancel.

“He wanted to be with Orange (Netherlands squad) as he was dying to be in the spotlight, to attract (potentially) another club in case Newcastle United are actually relegated.”

As well as the discussion around the Netherlands squad selection process, the fact that Daryl Janmaat was so desperate to be involved in these internationals, strongly suggests that his absence isn’t just a precaution – and he must be very doubtful for Norwich in nine days time.



  • Andynufc

    Who cares what that rat thinks. Good riddance I say. Players who were just happy to pick up their wages and think about their next move while the club got relegated. Scum

    • Leazes.

      The only scum are the owners and the regime!

  • Wor Lass

    He was a decent player but not a good enough defender to cope when the team was going downhill. I think you`re being a bit too vitriolic (deliberately, I think) with, “… along with the other rats, such as Wijnaldum, Townsend and Sissoko …” Janmaat, following his comment about the shop window, and Moussa can both justifiably be described as rats. Townsend is arguable – at least he gave a credible reason for “needing” to leave and at least he gave 100% when he played. I think it`s unfair on Gini, though. I don`t remember him moaning or disrespecting the club in any way but I do remember him taking dogs abuse about his away form. In any case, the fat barsteward couldn`t wait to ship them out and rake in all that dosh. They were saleable assets and were sheduled to go.

    • Leazes.

      They weren’t rats for doing what they were here for…. if you hire people on a basis of making money from their sale and promising a move, then you are turning players into mercenaries by contract….. not by their personal inclination….. which is the angle Ryder and Co take!

  • Leazes.

    Simon….the policy was ‘Buy to Sell” …..

    …..and Charnley was recruiting by promising decent players the opportunity to showcase their skills at SJP.

    That promise gave the players in question 2 moves in quick succession, with loyalty payments intact.

    The resulting policy allowed the club to get better players than its wage structure allowed for.

    You are doing what Ryder and Douglas are doing…. protecting the regime by turning on players and blaming them for the turmoil that the recruitment policy instigates.

    Simon you know the score! Why do you do this? It doesn’t help the cause of removing Ashley and this regime and its mismanagement….. like the chronicle this series of ‘LETS TURN ON SO AND SO’…. helps Ashley!

    Your bio reveals your stance…. to make mischief….yes it helps get hits for the site, but at what cost….

    ….Keeping Ashley in the driving seat!

    As if we don’t have enough to contend with the Chronicle’s treacherous stance!

    YOU SIR ARE A BLOODY FOOL!

  • Dillon Tovak

    He embarrasses himself eh? So the author has played for Newcastle and knows differently I assume.

    Describing players that leave after relegation as rats is pretty immature.
    Clubs, especially penny pinching ones such as ours, actively seek to sell high earners after being relegated.
    Plus it’s good to get rid of coasters such as Sissoko and Janmaat when heading into the championship.

  • robbersdog

    Daryl who?

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    Janmaat was a part of a group of players who consistently through the towel in when playing for Newcastle. Perhaps a few fans who didnt regularly travel away during the McClaren campaign didnt see it as the home form was generally not bad.

    When you pay money the minimum you expect from a player is 100% for the entire game. That cant be said of Janmaat, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin.

    Regardless of whether we stayed up that year, I would have never looked kindly on them.