Newcastle United’s Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat is already a big favorite with the fans, and if Steve McClaren decides to appoint a new captain he is a favorite after having a great season for us last season.
It was a nightmare season for the club – especially in the second half of the season – when head coach John Carver was in way over his head.
Daryl Janmaat training with Papiss Cisse
The players did not play well for Carver, who simply blamed the players for the terrible record, and said a lot of them were not good enough to wear the shirt, and would be sold this summer.
So there was a lot of collateral damage caused in the squad this year – and new head coach Steve McClaren will have to deal with that when the players report back to pre-season training next Wednesday, following their summer break.
John Carver was a disaster for Newcastle in the head coach position, and he was duly fired on June 9th, the day before McClaren was appointed as the new head coach.
But our new signing from Feyenoord last summer, Daryl Janmaat, seems to just love it at Newcastle and he was easily our Player of the Season last term.
This is what Daryl has said in the Chronicle today:
“Hopefully we have a great squad next season. I have no regrets coming here, I did not make the wrong move.¨
“It was a great decision to come here because the club is fantastic and so is the Premier League.” “We need the fans. They are the 12th man.
“We could see what it was like on the last game against West Ham.” “It was great and hopefully the atmosphere can be like that next season.”
Janmaat showed leadership both on and off the filed last season, and when we were short of center-backs earlier this year with Colo getting himself suspended, he came in and did a very good job in the center of defense.
He also was one of the few players willing to talk to the press during our abysmal eight game losing streak – and there’s leadership for you right three.
Daryl made 40 appearances for Newcastle in his first season on Tyneside with one goal.
The 25 times capped Dutch International would be a popular choice as captain if Steve McClaren decides to appoint a new skipper this summer.
It’s just one of many decisions Steve will have to make this summer.