It was some debut at center-back for Daryl Janmaat yesterday against Arsenal, as he filled in for the suspended Fabricio Coloccini, and Daryl played so well that Colo wasn’t missed at all at the center of Newcastle’s defense, and in fact Daryl and Willo played very well together in central defense.
Daryl Janmaat – had an excellent game yesterday
But we gave two poor goals away in just four minutes of that first half from two set plays, and Willo should have done better for the second goal, when the impressive Olivier Giroud beat him to the corner to head home and make it 2-0.
Daryl came out of this game looking a very good player and maybe even his best position is center-back, because he read the game very well and his positional sense was good – in short – he had an excellent game for Newcastle as an emergency central defender.
Daryl was rightly disappointed that we couldn’t take anything out of the game, after a tremendous team display of guts and passion from our lads in that second half, when we were all over the Gunners but just couldn’t get the equalizer.
This is what Daryl said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“We are really disappointed. Especially from the second half, we deserved more but we didn’t get it.” “We dominated the game in the second half and were by far the better team.”
“They scored two goals in three minutes, both from set plays, and our confidence went down. You could see that. There were some scrambles as they pushed for more but we kept it to two goals.”
“At half-time we could feel the game was not over, we had to keep it tight and it was important to get a goal so early on. We tried to push but we couldn’t get an equalizer.” “I’m just really disappointed we’ve got nothing to show for our performance. We deserved more.”
“I liked playing there,” “Everybody helped me a lot in the build-up to the game, I had to stay a little bit deeper than normal but I felt I did alright there.” “When there are so many injuries you have to play where you are needed and I am happy to help the team out.”
“It’s good to be able to play in more than one position and good for my career if I get some new experience at centre-back.”
It remains to be seen if Daryl would want to switch to center-back – but he seems positive about playing there, and that’s been a bit of a problem position for us for a while now – and it’s Colo’s last season at Newcastle next season.
Paul Dummett is another player who could become a better center-back than he is a full back – so it will be interesting to see who Newcastle bring in during the summer to strengthen the defense.
If we sign a recognized right back – maybe the plan would be to play Daryl at center-back next season?
It’s early days yet of course, but Daryl will have two more games at least – at Sunderland and Liverpool – to show just how good he is as a central defender.
Certainly he made an excellent start yesterday, and the Dutchman deserves great credit for his skilled and gutsy performance yesterday.
Daryl has turned out to be one terrific acquisition for Newcastle this season.
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