For the new players who arrived at the club last summer, it’s been a very tough first season for them on Tyneside.
After a poor start to the season, in which we gained just four points from our first seven games, we then came away with a great win streak of six games and famously beat Chelsea to end their seven month unbeaten run – the third time running we have beaten Chelsea at home.
Great action shot of Daryl Janmaat on Sunday
But then Alan Pardew left the club suddenly to join Crystal Palace, and John Carver came in and we plummeted down the league table and only just avoided relegation last Sunday.
In that time we lost eight league games on the trot – for the first time ever in the Premier League.
Our best signing of last summer and one of our best players in the season just ended was Daryl Janmaat, the Dutch International right back.
And the 25 year-old has come out with some good words for Newcastle fans – that he has no intention of leaving the club.
“I like this club – I love this club already – and I’d love to stay here.” “We’re happy, but we know we have to improve next season as a team and a club.”
“It was a very nice feeling after so many defeats.” “We needed a win, and it was a nice feeling.” “It was a roller-coaster game – it was up and down – but we had to win it.”
“We knew Hull were playing, and it was important that they didn’t win, but we had it in our hands, and we won the game.”
“That was the best thing we could do – handle the emotions of a tough game.” “I think the fans were fantastic, and they helped us get the three points.”
Janmaat may be a target for Manchester United and his former Dutch coach Louis van Gaal this summer, we’ll just have to wait and see.
But if Mike Ashley is really going to build a winning team on Tyneside, he will have to stop selling our best players every year.
Janmaat adjusted very quickly to the England game and will only get better next season, but he’s already become a better player since moving to Newcastle for about £5M from Feyenoord last summer.
Daryl became an excellent replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, and he’s not just a good player, but he has very good leadership skills, and could be a future Newcastle captain.
That’s one thing we need at Newcastle and was lacking last season – leadership – Newcastle must bring in players who are leaders and who take responsibility on the field when things are not going well.
Those are good words from Daryl, and he’s the type of player we must hold onto as hopefully we try to build a trophy winning side over the next year or so.
It’s small wonder that Daryl is already a big favorite with the Newcastle fans, and he seems to be loving it at Newcastle.
That’s great news for Newcastle fans.