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This Player Could Become A Top Right Midfielder

11:31 pm, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

My son Neil has been saying for quite some time now that Daryl Janmaat shouldn’t be sold because he would make  an excellent right winger (midfielder) with his attacking abilities.

His defensive qualities are not as good as his attacking qualities when he plays at right back, although he would obviously be good at tracking back if he did play on the right wing.

daryl janmaat after scoring

Daryl Janmaat – would make a good right winger

Rafa also seems to have a number of right backs at Newcastle now including new boy Jesus Gamez, who will probably be the starting right-back although Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba and young Jamie Sterry can also play there – which is one reason Daryl seemed expendable.

So it was interesting that Daryl played right wing today against Lokeren and scored the second goal with a terrific header into the far corner of the net from a free kick.

So Daryl could also get some goals for us as he proved against Tottenham in the last game of the season.

It was looking like he would leave before September if a club came in with a £10M bid for him, but maybe not, since Daryl could give us some attacking thrust down that wing.

It would be good if we can keep everybody we want to keep at the club right now – and that could include Daryl who has seems happy enough in preseason, although we have no idea what his thinking is about staying at Newcastle.

But it was certainly interesting that Rafa played him on the right wing at Lokeren on Saturday and it wouldn’t  be the first time Rafa has changed positions for  a player.

He had Vurnon Anita playing right back at the end of last season as though he had played there all his life.

We should definitely try to offload Moussa Sissoko as soon as we can get £35M for him from some club (any club) – and also allow fringe players we don’t need to move on before September.

Most importantly we need to bring in some new good players, all within a few weeks.

Then we will be all set and can go all out to get promotion next season, so we will be a Premier League club again come next May.

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Tags: Championship · Daryl Janmaat · Management · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    The rumours were he was trying to get to Juventus. ….They have loads of money now but still haven’t come in ….Well nothing reported.

    Watford were supposed to have shown an interest….

    I am not sure about Janmaat. That Southampton game still annoys me.

    But it’s a new season I suppose, maybe it’s a reality check for him that no major super club have come in for him.

    If he stays and puts effort in….All will be happy

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    It’s great to see some pre-season wins for change. The Rafa effect.

  • 3 NoahJ // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Janmaat was named player of the season in 14/15 so he clearly has talent, but last season his attitude stank (remember stoke away?)- much like sissoko: there’s talent there, but the attitude prevents it from becoming anything

    Wouldn’t be unhappy to see either gone to be honest

  • 4 JamesToon // Jul 24, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Sissoko just tweeted praising his agent, has he finally got his move?

  • 5 jimmysmith // Jul 24, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    We don’t definitely have to do any such thing. The squad as it is is capable. Moving on Sissoko for 35 mill, and allowing fringe players to leave and bringing a few more good players in, might be in our best interests, as might convincing Sissoko to stay, long shot that may be, and going with what we’ve got, and leaving the remaining reshaping till the end of the season when many of these fringe players come off contract. We will definitely need to replace any who actually do go. That much I agree with.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Jul 24, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Bigi and Vuckic I’d move on, if possible, but I doubt they’d even be considered fringe players nowadays.

  • 7 Munster Mag // Jul 24, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Jimmy you have been on a daft sissoko/wini trip all summer. They don’t want us and the realpolitik is that we will sell the likes of sissoko for 30 mill because we need the money and he isnt a positive influence. I dont know why you keep pontificating about him? He’s also an arrogant tool

  • 8 anthc // Jul 24, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    I like janmaat personally. I think alot of his inept performances was down to anger and frustration with some of the prima Donna’s around him. I’m not totally excusing him, he’s supposed to be a pro at the end of the day but when you have gini hiding, moussa waltzing around and colo not giving a stuff it must really get these foreign players in the why bother attitude.
    We are nearly rid of the bad core in the team and replaced them with young hungry players. Yes some may say they won’t cut it in the pl should we get there however, heart fight and passion can lift some average players. I’m really looking forward for the season to start and can’t wait.
    I think janmaat may stay unless a big euro team come in and even thauvin. If marseille have shot their load getting gomis they may not be able to afford him. This seasons a clean slate for me and I hope all the lads show what they can do and who knows if we get promoted we can finally become a top 8 side. Roll on the new season!

  • 9 lewisnufc // Jul 24, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Theres no chance he can play on the wing when he cant even play his “position” right back. Most over rated player ive seen.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Jul 24, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Munster, you speak with such certainty, yet surely you know no more about the realities of the situation than I do. I just keep an open mind about a player we know has real talent.

    Of course I also recognise he’s likely to go, and that it’s possible that it would be the best outcome for the club and the player, but also that it’s rarely good to lose your better players, particularly at the beginning of such a critical season. No pontificating, here or anywhere else. Just a counterpoint to a number of posts that strike me as too cut and dried.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Jul 24, 2016 at 2:24 AM

    janmaat myt not be as pissed off and stroppy with ritchie playing in front of him,maybe playing behind sissoko was half the problem?

  • 12 chicousa // Jul 24, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    I have to agree with anthc re: Janmaat’s attittude suffering due to the malaise that took hold of the club first under Carver and then McClaren. It affected many of our senior players. But go back and read the summary from the home match against Watford last September. Although the rest of the team looked listless and inept, Darryl put in a full shift and was easily our MOTM, scoring our only goal that afternoon. He was trying to fire up the rest of the squad and was showing a huge amount of desire, all to fall on deaf ears – unfortunately.
    It is true his defensive efforts declined in the games after that as did his spirt and desire. Same goes with the other players! So much for the motivational skills of Steve McClaren and Steve Black!!! Janmaat WAS our player of the season in 2014/2015. And I think under a great coach as Rafa clearly is, we may see the real Darryl come back to being the player he has shown that he can be!

  • 13 Very Terry // Jul 24, 2016 at 3:33 AM

    @ Chicousa, SPRINGY, Antho
    Well said, agree 100%
    Janmaat in.

  • 14 Very Terry // Jul 24, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    Anthc 🙂

  • 15 expatmag // Jul 24, 2016 at 3:46 AM


    So committed to our cause Sissoko is that he touts his name around any club that will listen every teansfer windiw after failing to support his claims with on field performances.

    Get rid of this lunatic.

  • 16 chicousa // Jul 24, 2016 at 3:47 AM

    One last point: IF Janmaat does want to leave, then £10mil seems a little light in this insane transfer market. If Gini was worth £25mil then Janmaat should be worth at least £14mil! ?

  • 17 jimmysmith // Jul 24, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    Rafa clearly doesn’t share such a jaundice view. He’ll most likely go, he clearly wants to, but it’ll only happen if Rafa sanctions it, and that will only be if the money is right, and if he believes he can’t get the player to focus on and commit to the task. Benitez has done nothing other than say this, and has had nothing but praise for Sissoko, to add to making him Captain and giving him the prime position on the park. He’s not likely to be thrilled with the come and get me stuff, but he won’t write him off till he has to either.

  • 18 expatmag // Jul 24, 2016 at 6:36 AM


    Dont be so niave about Rafa. Jaundiced views in your opinion or not, facts speak for themselves and you are well within the minority in your support of this player.

    Rafa would like to keep the player if the player were fully committed but he doesnt…..the player isnt…..and hasnt been for two years…..that hs clearly evident

    Rafa is bigging him up to ensure the asking price is met….simple as…….deal with it.

  • 19 Slank // Jul 24, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Has anyone on here seen Yasin El-Mhanni and trialist Flavio da Silva actually playing ?

    The Chronic is salivating of their recent performances.

  • 20 Jib // Jul 24, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    MS is getting some stick off of Toon fans !

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jul 24, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    U-21s here:

  • 22 Slank // Jul 24, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Cheers Ron

  • 23 Ron Knee // Jul 24, 2016 at 8:11 AM


    Now if only we had the Lokeren match!

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jul 24, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    The biggest drum banger on here having a go at Jimmy for banging drums, the band can only have one drum banger.

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