In what they are calling an exclusive today the Express is reporting that Daryl Janmaat will be leaving Newcastle for Southampton this summer for £10M, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the story is true.
Daryl Janmaat – will leave this summer
Newcastle brought in Daryl for £5M from Feyenoord last summer to replace Mathieu Debuchy, so if a club comes in with an offer of say £10M, that could be enough for Mike Ashley to sell Janmaat, with the price doubling in a short twelve months.
The other reason is that Daryl cannot have been impressed with Newcastle this season, and we have now lost our last seven games and heaven knows when the rot will stop.
But the facts are we are now just 5 points above the relegation zone and Sunderland, Hull and Leicester all have a game in hand on us.
It’s not only the field of play where Newcastle have been less than impressive this season, but the way the club is run from the top has caused a lot of our difficulties this year.
So it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Daryl himself wanted to leave Newcastle, although we thought he may want to leave top join his World Cup coach Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
And the other reason is that Daryl played for Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord for two seasons before joining Newcastle, and Southampton are both a much better run club than Newcastle, and they have ambitions to be in the Champions League and have finished above Newcastle in the league for the last couple of years too.
Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the situation and Daryl has probably been our best player this season and can play well at either right back or center back.
But the situation for Newcastle in the summer could still change drastically if we manage to get ourselves relegated to the Championship for the second time in six years.
Newcastle will find it hard to hand onto Daryl Janmaat either way.