Daryl Janmaat has an injured knee and was withdrawn early last week from the Dutch squad for their games with France and England – and he has been receiving treatment at the Benton training grounds.
Last Monday Holland manager Danny Blind revealed, after talking to him, that Daryl had wanted to play during the International break to put himself in the shop window – so to speak – because he was concerned that Newcastle could be relegated.
Daryl Janmaat – we now have a top class manager
Danny had said Daryl wanted to leave Newcastle if that happened, but you would never have guessed that from the interview he has given today in the Chronicle.
Janmaat is pleased Newcastle have what he calls a top class manager at the club now, after Steve McClaren was finally sacked just over two weeks ago.
But only after he had put Newcastle in a position that was always going to be difficult to recover from – in second bottom place in the league.
The 26 year-old has said Rafa has already instilled extra confidence in the players as we try to save our Premier League status – as difficult as that looks right now.
This is what Janmaat has said in the Chronicle today:
“It has been a busy time. We have a top class manager now. We have to believe he can get us to stay in the Premier League.”
“He has had a positive effect. It has been organised, the way we played at Leicester and against Sunderland. We have to keep doing that and looking up.”
“We feel we can stay in the Premier League but know we need more wins.” “We hope and we have the confidence. We must still believe and go out looking to get the job done. I think we can do it.”
“The fans seem to believe that too so that’s really important. They are going to be vital in the next two months for us.”
“It was better to get a point rather than nothing against Sunderland, But it’s still a shame we didn’t get the win. We never give up. Now we have to keep moving on and looking forward.”
“I think it can be a turning point for the team. It was a really well-worked goal.” “I was injured so I watched from inside but it was a really good header.”
It wasn’t just that we got a point against Sunderland, but even more important was we prevented them from gaining 3 points on us with that great late equalizer from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The players obviously see that if we stay up it will be a great opportunity for them because they could become part of a Rafa Benitez Newcastle team that could soon be challenging for a top four place in the Premier League.
But we must stay up for that to happen.
Daryl is very positive in that interview, but it’s surprising he wasn’t asked about Danny Blind’s comments last week.
Anyway, we are hoping that Daryl will be fit and ready to go at Norwich, which is the next crucial game for us this Saturday.
And news that all 2,660 tickets for the trip to Norwich have been sold out, so the lads will have some great support in that game from the fans – as usual.
Howay the Lads!!