Daryl Janmaat “I left when Newcastle United were relegated but it was nothing personal”
Daryl Janmaat still feels an affinity for Newcastle United.
Little wonder when neither have gone beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup these past 12 years.
Daryl Janmaat is now playing in his fifth Premier League season but has only seen two wins in FA Cup matches for his clubs.
When at Newcastle it was third round exits to Leicester and, ironically, Watford.
For the Hornets it has been fourth round exits to Millwall and Southampton.
If he plays today, it will be the first time Daryl Janmaat will have played at St James Park, after jumping ship with other rats such as Sissoko, Townsend and Wijnaldum.
Daryl Janmaat excusing his departure with ‘I left when Newcastle United were relegated but it was nothing personal. The national team manager at the time told me I had to be playing in the Premier League and that was very important to me, so that was the main reason.’
Obviously feeling a personal responsibility for being part of the relegation never enters the head of characters such as the Dutchman.
For the record, Daryl Janmaat has started two competitive games for Holland since deserting Newcastle United…
Daryl Janmaat talking to official Watford site:
“I personally have never gone far in the competition…
“So for me, as well as for the team, it would be great to go far in the competition and hopefully we can do that.
“Having a cup game next is nice for us because it’s a different chance and a different opportunity for everybody.
“I haven’t played a lot recently and I don’t know if I will be selected, but if I am, it will be a good chance to perform.
“We will see on Saturday.
“I have been up there and I have played against them at home, but it’s always good to go back to Newcastle.
“It’s a great club and I really enjoyed being a part of it.
“I left when Newcastle United were relegated but it was nothing personal.
“The national team manager at the time told me I had to be playing in the Premier League and that was very important to me, so that was the main reason.
“I still think Newcastle is a great club and the fans are so passionate.
“It’s a big club with huge potential and I was very happy when they came back up to the top level.
“Hopefully they can keep progressing.”
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