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 – 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.
Howay The Lads!!