The three players most likely to leave Newcastle this summer were Daryl Janmaat, Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko and it could turn out that all three are gone by September – although that would only be possible if Rafa was able to bring in suitable replacements.
We would prefer to keep either Moussa Sissoko or Gini Wijnaldum or both at the club – and preferably the Dutch International.
But news today that Janmaat’s agent has confirmed the rumors that Watford are interested in signing the right back.
Daryl Janmaat – after scoring against Tottenham in final game
This is what Janmaat’s agent Michael Jansen has told Fox Sports in the Netherlands:
“There has also been talk between Watford and Newcastle. But right now it does not seem that’s going to happen.”
Janmaat is a very good player going forward but Rafa Benitez may not be too impressed with the Dutchman’s defending.
And one of the major things Rafa has to vastly improve for next season is the Newcastle defense.
Rafa had Vurnon Anita playing at right back towards the end of last season and Vurnon was just terrific in that position.
Rafa has also brought in Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid, who can play in either full-back position but has generally played at right back.
And one of our top young players coming through is right-back Jamie Sterry, who will be hoping to get some playing time this season too.
New signing Isaac Hayden can also play at right back as one of the three positions he can play in.
But agent Jansen says Newcastle are not in any particular hurry to sell Daryl:
“Newcastle have key players, including Daryl, who they don’t want to let go just like that. The club wants to get back as soon as possible to the Premier League and they do not need the money.”
“If a good opportunity comes along, we will investigate them. But it’s not a matter of want or need. If he were to leave, he wants to do through the front door.”
The 26 year old seems to be the most expendable of the likely three who could leave the club although his attitude in training seems to be very good – like the rest of the squad.
But if no good offer comes in – it would take something like a £10M offer for Rafa to be interested – Daryl may stay on at Newcastle to keep the squad very strong.
Rafa is trying to build the strongest squad possible this summer and money is secondary to Newcastle at the moment as we just must get promoted next May.
If a £10M bid comes in for Janmaat we think Rafa will sell, simply because he has plenty of cover at right back for next season.
What do you think?