Daryl Janmaat is reported to have turned down Italian club Napoli to join Newcastle United – the deal was announced yesterday – and maybe there were other Italian clubs also wanting him – – and we know there were reports that Manchester United were another club interested in signing him.
Daryl Janmaat – shown at St. James’ Park
When Daryl’s signing was held up earlier this week – we had a bad thought that maybe another club had stepped in for a player who looked very good playing for Holland in the World Cup in Brazil.
But yesterday he became Newcastle’s 6th simmer signing, and we would hazard a guess that the number and quality of the players signed by Newcastle so far this summer, has surprised the majority of Newcastle fans.
This is some of what Daryl said after he signed on at Newcastle:
“There was some interest from Italian clubs.” “But when I heard from Newcastle my feeling was it was perfect.” “It is a fantastic day for me. When I saw the stadium there were a lot of things here, I’m happy.¨
“It is a really nice stadium and I’ve heard a lot from Tim Krul. I’m really impressed. The fans are also fantastic.¨ “I’m looking forward to playing here.”
And Newcastle did well to hold up the announcement of Daryl Janmaat to coincide with Arsenal signing Mathieu Debuchy – a good move by the club – and we haven’t seen too many complaints about Mathieu moving on – although he improved immensely while he was at Newcastle for a short 18 months.
Janmaat will probably go through the same pattern of games that Debuchy went through when he arrived 18 months ago – some good – some not so good – and he will find the going difficult in some games until he becomes acclimatized to the Premier League.
But this lad looks like he could become an excellent right back for Newcastle United – and we hope that happens – and the sooner the better.
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