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.
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.