This Newcastle Defender Already Looking Good


Newcastle United put in a good display this afternoon, and won the last pre-season game against Real Sociedad, with a good team goal from Moussa Sissoko, after Gabby Obertan had done some great work down the right wing.

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Daryl Janmaat – has looked good in pre-season

And one man who has looked very impressive in the two games he has played for Newcastle is Daryl Janmaat, and the 25 year-old Holland International thinks Newcastle are ready for the start of the Premier League next weekend.

It was Daryl’s home debut for Newcastle, and when he was replaced after 84 minutes, the Newcastle crowd gave the Dutchman some warm applause as he left the field, and they seemed to have liked what they saw from our new right-back.

This is what Daryl said after the game:

“We have a good squad.” “We’re ready for next week. We played well today, the second half was better than the first.”

“The second half was good. “Now we have to train this week well and be ready for Man City.”

And it’s fairly obvious if you check out Alan Pardew’s comments on Daryl that he thinks he’s a great player, an excellent professional – and a good guy too.

Manchester City were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon, but City seem to be our bogey team.

By our reckoning we have lost 14 of the last 15 games we’ve played against City, and the only non-defeat was in our relegation season, and that’s  when we drew 2-2 at St. James’ Park in October of 2008, after right back Habib Beye had been sent off after only 14 minutes.

A certain Joe Kinnear was the caretaker manager at that time.

So that tells us it’s time we had a win against Manchester City, and there would be no better way for Newcastle to start this season than to have a win at home against the reigning Premier League Champions, and in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park.

It’s possible, and that’s what we are hoping for.

What do you think?

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134 comments so far

  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I like to think that Pardew didn’t answer questions because Mrs. Taylor let him go home early. Probably with a sugar-free lolly.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Markaccus

    Got to be Tiote man. But yes, I agree with your XI, well one exception, I think Rivière will go on the other wing and Ferrerya will play up top.

    I hope Aarons gets some starts down the left too.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Sliema

    I would go with Tiote too, just if he is missing for the first game id play colback.

    With sissoko in CM, it means tiote (or colback) can babysit the centre backs and do the chasing and covering, without having to worry about getting forward too much ( because willo and colo have zero pace.)

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    @ali_e3: @nufcfans Hatem Ben Arfa is doing a meet and greet at The Back Page on Tuesday at 6pm. Saying goodbye?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Tads

    or getting ready to make one of the most unlikely comebacks ever??? 😀

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Unlike the vast majority on here I don’t subscribe to the back 4 in crisis view.
    The rear half of last season’s implosion was caused in the main by the shock of Cabayes departure resulting in midfield mayhem and the lack of any forward moving cohesion resulted in pressure on the back four that would have had any team’s defense wobbling.
    With the new signings and having seen the pre season games , I think the squad are back on track.
    The reason Real today had so few chances was because our attack and midfield were back to being combative again.
    Janmaat could play CB standing on his head

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #7

    We were good value today. Contained the oppo quite well and broke on the counter quite quickly. Sissoko is best off in the middle of the park. Colback, Tiote or Anita breaking up play, knocking the ball to Sissoko for a powerful run through the midfield. Sissoko done that a few times today. He is not a winger, the sooner Pardew realises this the better. Sissoko IMO is a powerful middle man who can run directly to the opposition box as he is hard to shake off the ball. His biggest problem is consistency. I also think we need a top striker at the club sooner rather than later but they don’t come cheap. Fingers crossed.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Markaccus
    Looking at the photos of him out on the razz I doubt it!

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  • Graeme

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #9

    ED – a “Sell-out SJP”??

    I somehow dont think it will be, other than the fact its the 1st of the season. Look at today – the ONLY home game in the pre-season and the ground was almost deserted.

    Now that would normally be a sell-out, but I guess there was no more than 10,000 in the ground – it wasn’t a great advert for the fans being “Onside”!!!!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Jeff

    Apparently one of janmaats secondary positions is CB, so it is certainly an option if there is an injury. (Rather him than taylor) but i am sure even if he played well pardew would be blasted for playing him out of position.

    I still think we need a genuine athletic CB.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Nineteen to twenty thousand the attendance today apparently.

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  • Malta Mag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Normal negative s**** on here but I think the club is moving in the right direction and we should be looking forward to the new season. Is Pardew the right man for the job? I’m one of the minority who actually likes the bloke but still not totally convinced, mainly because if he doesn’t hit the ground running then the knives will be out and it will be difficult.
    The squad looks stronger by far but like most I wish we had bought in a defender as I’m not a fan of Colocinni or Taylor? Maybe Pardew has ideas of Dummett filling in there? If no one is bought in then let’s hope Streete or Curtis Good can emerge as I fear for us.
    As for the first game v Man City, well it’ll be tough especially after them losing today but if you have to choose a time to play them then why not first game? I’m going for a 2-2 draw and I’ll be thrilled at that.

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  • dufuss

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    ha your aving a laff

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Markaccus
    A thought for you
    I have seen Saylor play both left and right back (right more than left)
    Ye nivvor knaa kidda

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Malta

    Dummet for me is not quite good enough going forward as a full back. It might be too late in his development to convert him to a centreback, though. He is certainly quicker than colo, willo and taylor, but not sure of he can be the type of CB we need.

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  • switch365

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Janmaat and De Jong both look class.
    They have that aura about them, that ability to create space for themselves, composure to decide instantly what their best course of action is.
    Such a shame we haven’t added one of their fellow countrymen to the center of our defence.

    I’d have taken Vlaar, Alderweireld, van Dijk or Veltman

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Malta Mag
    Sign of the times hopefully
    3 months ago you would have been howled down by the space cadets queuing up to mock you and have a pop at you with their negativity

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Jeff

    True. Stranger things have happened at sea!
    An experimental back four in a cup game……
    Staylor Janmaat Dummet Haidara.

    possibly the most out-of-position defence possible 😀

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  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #19

    @Malta: What’s the “right direction”? The club has admitted that they aren’t interested in the cups, has a five year plan to get into Europe (that was apparently ruined by actually getting into Europe) and have, again, admitted that we’re looking at a ‘top 10 finish’ until we can challenge for a top 6 place.

    Our transfer strategy has been piss poor, whilst other teams in the top 10 remain competitive in the transfer market and are proactive in refreshing their squad, we only seem to do it when we absolutely need to. Hopefully that was a fault with Llambias and the Joke, but if those transfer funds dry up, we’ll be back to two loan signings a season.

    So again: what is the right direction? I’m not being argumentative, I legitimately just can’t see it.

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  • dannitoon

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Just hope SDJ and tiote are fit….

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #21

    toonarmydownsouth

    If HBA’s doing a meet and greet, I hope it’s got the ckub’s endorsement otherwise he’ll Mikey attract more grief from them.

    I suspect he’s doing it to curry fans’ support on his stance against the club and if that’s the case, it’ll stir the pot even more.

    It’d be a shame if he were to leave under as cloud.

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Tads

    Mikey = likely

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Janmaat actually looked like a player who was better than our level today. That’s both a good and bad sign I guess, he won’t stay here longer than 18 months. When we inevitably fizzle out this season and come 10th after Pardew managed to cause some sort of implosion, he will see that this club needs more that a couple of new players to paper over big tactical and technical cracks.
    I’m also concerned with De Jong’s fitness, I know he isn’t a crock per se but I’m still hoping this isn’t an indictment of what’s to come.
    On the plus side I think defensively we will cope until January before getting someone in, I have no doubt that we will have 2 or 3 hammerings where we crumble but I don’t think it will be all that often.
    Strikers is an odd one, it almost seems as if we’ve gone for quantity over quality. Rivière for me is Gouffran Mk 2. Very very similar players and i reckon if Gouffran was played up top it would be difficult to distinguish them. Decent players but not quite the level we need to break into the top 6.
    How to solve a problem like Colback? He’s a good player no doubt but he’s a workman with a sweet left peg, playing both him and Tiote is not fluid enough for us to play anything more than solid, efficient football. Opinion is divided on Anita but he links play very well with short quick passes, I think if we are going to play nice football his interplay with De Jong, Sissoko and Cabella will be key. Leaving Tiote to sit and break up play.
    I’m not sure we’re a stronger squad particularly now than this time last year, but we definitely have more options off the bench to change a game.
    It is imperative that Pardew takes the safety wheels off by playing either Tiote or Colback as a single holding player, if they play together we will replicate the 2011/2012 season in performances, but not necessarily the results.
    At least this season has a bit of intrigue and mystery about it, if Pardew can swallow his pride and let the shackles off, especially at home, we could have a good season. Away from home 2 holding players will work fine and should allow us to get results by being effecient and effective rather than entertaining.
    He has to get the balance right.

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  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #24

    @lesh: Not entirely incorrect, though! Mikey will be a bit peeved, in fairness.

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Graeme

    You seriously expected a full house today, on a Sunday and bang in the middle of peak holidays?

    Nah

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Thump..

    Guess I’m just a born cynic!

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Is HBAs meet and greet a pie and peas event?

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    But there must be mileage in playing Colbeck alongside Tiote when we need to be tight at the back?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh
    Not exactly sure why he’s doing a meet and greet but i thinks it fair to say he is doing it off his own back and highly doubt he has the clubs blessing
    If any interviews get out (which they will as every journo in town will be there smelling blood in the water!) then he’ll be facing another big fine from the club

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #30

    tequilamag

    It is pie and peas, free to OAPs too! You going along now?

    😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Graeme
    Wouldn’t say 19-20 k is deserted, the Mackems don’t get that for league matches!

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Lesh, lol not quite ready for the bus pass yet mate. Maybe he thinks if he hacks off MA enough they will do a Barton on him and just release him on a free.

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Tads.. I fear you’re right and if he’s gonna make mischief, he could end up as the loser.

    Hopefully not though.

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  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #34

    tequilamag

    Don’t worry about not having the pass, you might get away with saying you forgot it!

    🙂

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Can HBA even speak English ? I can`t remember him doing any interviews

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Lesh
    Aye mate, regardless of the outcome with the whole situation you’d hope all parties could shake hands and wish each other the best for the future and go there separate ways with heads held high and everyone could just move on
    Sadly this could get very messy

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  • Graeme

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #37

    TADS @ 31 – the Leazes was empty apart from a handfull behind the goal, the Gallowgate had a few more in there. The “Popular” stand had fans around the halfway line, but it was in no way close to full.

    If there was more than 10,000 I would be surprised – but no doubt NUFC will give a number to suit their needs.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #38

    So fed up of hearing how pardew is a poor coach. Please wake up and smell the coffee. Who do you think ashley will bring in exactly? As for who is at fault for us continually dropping off …who do you think continually buys short of what is required? We are short a quality centre back and striker….Ashley needs to step up. We are currently not even at square one despite nine signings, that’s how far he let us fall. Pardew had absolutely nothing to do with that.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Graeme
    It’s the figure reported in the Chron

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #40

    I honestly don’t know why some people on here are newcastle fans. You cant actually do anything but moan on. I know we had a cack run last year, I know we’re still stuck with Pardew, I know we’ve not signed a proven prem striker, I know we should have signed a pacy cb.
    I however, am still excited for the coming season, because I get a chance to get back out there and support my team again. We have 2 or 3 young lads coming through which is exciting but no you’ve already had Pardew ruin them in your pessimistic minds.
    The same goes for our new signings. I’m excited to see how they translate into the premier league and if they can hit the ground running using their strengths to goid effect. Meanwhile many are of the opinion they’re no good because we didn’t buy who/what they wanted.
    You people must be the kind that don’t do overtime because of “all the extra tax” ignoring the extra pay you’d get.

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