Daryl Janmaat could be made into a very decent right winger, as we pointed out in an article we put out last night.
He played well yesterday in that position and scored with a great header in the first half against Lokeren.
We wonder is the Dutch international wants to stay on Tyneside, because he could be employed as a right back or as a winger (or even as a center-back) so Daryl could be very useful to the side in the coming season.
We’re changing our minds about Daryl – we’d like him to stay at Newcastle.
Great shot of Daryl Janmaat after scoring second goal
He played on the right wing in the first half and then in his more familiar right back position in the second half.
This is what Daryl has said on the Newcastle web-site today about playing on the wing:
“It was different but I like it,” “I do it in my own way – I’m not a proper winger but I ‘m a good runner and I tried to make the best of it that I can.”
“I like playing right-back – that’s my place – because I can come from behind to help out the attack.”
“But it’s nice to be able to help out in different positions, to show what I can do there, and I was happy to help the team out with a goal.”
“It was a good game and a good result against a team who play in the Belgian first division, so we’ve got to be satisfied with the way it went.”
“In pre-season you want a good workout and this was another one – we are playing lots of games to try and get back in a rhythm, get fit and be ready for Fulham in a couple of weeks.”
“This was our third game and we are doing OK so far. There are things we can still improve on but we are also doing lots of things well.”
“We are controlling games, we look dangerous in the forward positions and we are scoring goals. It is very important that we are taking our opportunities.”
That sounds really positive coming from the 27 year-old Dutch International, but whether he wants to stay at Newcastle or not, we don’t know.
But Janmaat has handled himself very professionally this preseason and that’s very good to see.
It would be good if we can keep Daryl at the club – after all we are all hoping it’s just one season down below.
Then in a year or two we could have a very strong side under Rafa in the Premier League.
That’s the hope – the real hope for Newcastle fans – with what Rafa Benitez calls his exciting project at Newcastle.
It’s exciting alright.
Howay The Lads.