Dutchman Makes Surprising Prediction For Season

Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat still thinks, even after such a poor start to the season, that we can finish in the top 10 which would be only the third time we have managed that since Mike Ashley bought the club eight years ago.

Newcastle are currently 7 points behind Liverpool in 10th place, so that’s not unreasonable as a goal, as long as we keep improving –  which seems to have been the case since were hammered 6-1 at Manchester City.

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Daryl Janmaat – in action this season

Daryl has said this to Sky Sports:

“We feel like we have turned things around a little bit.” “That was very important for the manager and for us as well.”

“We want to try to finish in the top 10 and I think that’s possible with the players that we have. We shouldn’t be down at the bottom, but it’s up to us to carry on making steps forward.”

“We will be doing everything so that he won’t be scoring against us.” “We’ll have to prepare for him. I hope we can stop him. But we know that won’t be easy – he is so quick.”

“We have some quick defenders though – I’m not sure who is the fastest, maybe me. Whoever is up against Vardy, we’ll have to be ready for him.”

“And it’s not just that pace – he’s a good player and very confident right now. He is doing so well for Leicester.”  “He has scored nine in a row and he will be looking to continue that against us.”

There’s still a chance that Vardy will miss the game although there’s news today he may take an injection on his hip to lessen the pain for the game – but that could also be dangerous and make things worse if the hip is still not right.

Steve McClaren and company will be assuming he will start the game and hopefully we have a decent game plan so we can stop him scoring.

Jamie has scored in nine consecutive Premier League games and is just one short of the record held by Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    when i used to go i expected to win our home games and a few away
    now i expect just to survive

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Everybody (S’land ,Us ,Soton , Leicester, Everton , Chelsea) seemed to be after Papy Djilobodji the 6′ 4″ Senegalese CB from Nantes in the summer.

    He ended up at Chelsea where he’s played 17 minutes of one cup game this season.

    Chelsea are now hawking him around for January.

    Should we take a punt ?
    (Chelsea paid £2.7 million for him )

  • Graeme

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    The way we are performing, even though Schteve has the rudder hard over, we are still not clear of hitting the rocks.
    Ashley continues to gamble, the fans continue to suffer – where’s the damn horse? Who has the bolts??

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Bobby and all others

    I can see why some fans argue relegation could bring about change. This team is different to the previous team which went down, the decent players would leave and the rest probably wouldn’t have the stomach for the fight in an ever increasing in quality championship. It would leave ashley stuck with a in potentially losing money and not getting the expose people claim he wants…he may be encouraged to sell.

    I’d personally rather see us stay up and for Ashley to change. He hasn’t convinced me he is changing. The manager we appointed is again a manager recently sacked for underperforming at a lower league club, it doesn’t fill me with confidence.

    Yes we spent money but again we failed to bring in enough quality at the back so we clearly aren’t addressing as much as we should. The business was ok though, some progress but is still like to see more proven experienced heads brought in.

    Relegation never worries me, people seem to think there is no football outside of the premier league. There is some very good football in the championship and when we were last in it was one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had since sir Bobby’s time.

    I’m not championing relegation as some do, rather see is improve but if we did go down due to Ashley not doing enough and he left I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5


    Not seen anything of him but if he is deemed a good player by those in he know Id certainly say its worth looking at.

    I’d like to avoid African players though due to the cup of nations being in the middle of the season.

  • BandB

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley’s legendary Sky statement was a classic gamble.
    Faced with relegation and a potential riot, he went on air Richard II style to calm the peasants with offers of new ways.
    Making his voice heard while he could. If we’d gone down, there’d have been no statement.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    there still is not

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Transfer….. I think it would be a huge catastrophe if we went down. With Ashley’s stubbornness and the championship becoming more competetive , we could go on a downward spiral to oblivion.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    if it removes him so be it

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 19, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    BandB. He made the statement before the West Ham game, when we could have still gone down. Sorry to pee on your strawberries.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    TS, that’s the problem isn’t it? If he went. He’s never suggested he would leave if we went down. In fact he has said he wouldn’t if the truth be known. The relegation season was enjoyable because we won most games. As you point out, that would be unlikely to happen again. Then there’s an issue of who he might sell to. Any guarantees they’d be better? There are no guarantees in life and we could just as easily plummet like a stone. There’s a plan in place and whether it works or not, only time will tell. As for how many is too many, I’d say I’ve personally heard it from several hundred or read it in blogs. Therefore it’s fair to assume there are many more I haven’t heard it from. That, is too many. Imo, which i hold strongly, anybody who wishes us relegated, isn’t a real fan. I want success and don’t care who it comes under. Nobody else has delivered it yet and i’m prepared to see how this three windows plan goes before demanding Macca’s head.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobby…BandB said two things in her post which should have been clear enough to avoid your response. Those two things were:

    “Faced with relegation and a potential riot” – Therefore she’s aware that at the time of the speech we still were facing the possibility of relegation.

    “while he could” clearly indicating it was before the West Ham game, not afterwards, which in her opinion would have meant no statement being made.

  • TroubledToon

    Nov 19, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    No Daryl, ur not the fastest

  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s not only speed that we need to stop Vardy – a John McNamee or Kilcline type of CB wouldn’t go amiss.

    I’m told that McNamee had it pointed out to him by Joe Harvey that the centre forward he was marking wasn’t limping!

    Naughty Mr Harvey bless him, the last of our managers to win anything worth winning.


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