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It’s Official – Daryl Janmaat Joins Watford

3:09 pm, Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Watford have just announced on their web-site that Daryl Janmaat has joined them after passing a medical.

The decision seems to have been taken over the weekend that Daryl would leave Newcastle and replacement DeAndre Yedlin is currently having his medical at Newcastle and will sign for around £5M from Tottenham.


Daryl Janmaat – gone to Watford

Here’s what Watford have just put out on their web-site:

Netherlands international Daryl Janmaat has joined the Hornets in a permanent transfer from Newcastle United, Watford FC is pleased to confirm.

The 27-year-old, who plays in the right wing-back position, has signed a four-year contract at Vicarage Road.

A £5m signing for the Magpies from Feyenoord in July 2014, Janmaat impressed as he made 77 appearances for the North East club, scoring four goals – including a strike during Watford’s 2-1 win at St James’ Park last September.

He’s also played 27 times for the Dutch national team, including five outings at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, since making his international debut four years ago.

After starting his career with ADO Den Haag, Janmaat moved to SC Heerenveen in the summer of 2008 and spent four seasons with the Eredivisie outfit before completing a transfer to Feyenoord ahead of the 2012/13 season.

He played 74 times for Ronald Koeman’s side, scoring five goals and playing an important part as Feyenoord finished league runners-up during 2013/14.

And here’s what’s just been put up on the Newcastle web-site:

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has completed his transfer to Watford for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old Dutch international arrived on Tyneside in July 2014 from Feyenoord, having impressed at that summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Janmaat made 77 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies during just over two seasons at St. James’ Park, scoring four goals.

His final outing for United came in a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town earlier this month.

The Club wishes to place on record its thanks to Daryl for his efforts during his time at Newcastle. He leaves with our best wishes for his future at Watford.

Daryl played 77 times with four goals for Newcastle in the two years he was at the club and he is the third high-profile player to leave the club this summer – the other two being Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)  and Gini Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

The fee is though to be fairly low at £7.5M

We also expect Moussa Sissoko to leave the club soon.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Daryl Janmaat · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shearer.Milburn // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Cant say i’ll miss him….

  • 2 Offkey // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    To be fair the hole he left at right back was exploited to often.

  • 3 hibbitt // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    have we fallen that far or did he just want out
    watford or us

  • 4 BandB // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Okay Daryl,

    You’re allowed to tear the shirt off your back….. NOW!

  • 5 swemag // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    On the attacking midfielder role issue…they should teach Anita to look up and pass the ball forward and he would do a great job at that.

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Noooooooo! Say it ain’t so!

  • 7 Al Yalayis Lad // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Whatever we say, we have to admit he is a good player, but not sure about his temperament, he will be another player who thought the grass is greener, and will feel he made a mistake in about 12-18 months.

    In fact this time next year he could be in the same position as he found himself in with the Toon

  • 8 BandB // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    But you are pleased you didn’t change your moniker to Ruddy Jantastic! now, Ibiza.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Going over the past few threads, if this blog was my only source of nufc news, i’d be thinking that most of our young players are write offs. It’s a good job that a) it isnt my only source and b) that i understand that the nature of the internet always makes the most negative people in any given group speak the loudest and most often.

  • 10 Pat On The Heed // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Odd one. He has the technical, probing game to play for a tier 2 European side like Dortmund or Atletico, or a team which has lots of the ball anyway.

    Hard to imagine he demanded a move to Watford. So Rafa doesn’t approve, which will have to go down as his third dodgy decision, after appointing lascelles captain and giving gouffran a game. Still, 3 ain’t bad

  • 11 reilly // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    he was always going to leave even if we had of stayed up.
    after lascelles sparked him.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Yes it is soooo, club legend and all round good guy Daryl Jaanmat moves to the mighty Hornets for footballing reasons.

  • 13 2_goal_tino // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    My primary disappointment with this is that I would have liked to have seen what he could do in the RM position. He won’t be missed defensively as he was continuously exploited but nobody can deny that he had one of the best deliveries in our squad (best for the last two seasons, only seconded by Ritchie’s arrival). He all too often was over-relied upon to be the creator for us … a role a RB should never be doing!!!

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Did he?

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    BandB…Damn straight. What a fool I’d look now!

    Hope things are all good.

    YCMIU…Not sure it’s quite that simple. I thought it was those who used CAPS LOCK?

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    deluded…the guy isn’t fantastically technical. far from it.

  • 17 beermonkey // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:31 PM


    alright how r u

    Watford over the toon well enjoy is all I can say

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    janmatt didn’t have good delivery. what games were you watching. he made one great goal v west ham at home.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    ”Like the decision Andros Townsend made to sign for Crystal Palace, we’re bemused by exactly what the player thinks they are gaining by going there – aside from a nice little earner for them and their agent”

  • 20 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Jail…I for one am just pleased the guy has got his dream move. Moussa next. Any one else?

  • 21 beermonkey // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM


    where did u hear that

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Janmaat needed to go. The relationship with the fans was non-existent. As shown in that photo with one fan showing his appreciation, after Janmaat had scored at the tail end of the season.

    Beermokey..August is almost over…I’m thrilled! How’s things with you?

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:35 PM


    No, thats different. The capslockers are the ones who shout at the other fans for not supporting the team in EXACTLY THE WAY THEY DO. RAAA!

  • 24 Belfast // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Another player who thought he was heading to Juventus or Inter Milan and ended up at ahem cough Watford.

  • 25 Spoof // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Dreadful defender, absolutely delighted that he has gone.

  • 26 BandB // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    It’s been a bit topsy-turvy Ibizatoon.
    Things should be back to normal soon.
    I look forward to chewing the cud…when I have the foggiest idea what the cud is now.
    Funnily, despite all this openness, folks are having to guess what’s going on more than ever.

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Well, I am off for a bit, or a while, perhaps a lifetime, although the last is most likely a bit extreme.

    You don’t get that lucky.

    Bye for now.

  • 28 Ibizatoon // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    YCMIU & BandB…Catch up with you both soon. It certainly is an interesting time. It’s not like I’ve said that before….

    We’re still waiting for “that window” that really shows us where we’re at. It’s a good job we’re such a rational lot.

    Until next time x

  • 29 BandB // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    It’s the NEXT window, silly.
    You should know that by now!!!

  • 30 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Take care, Ibiza. Later.

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:43 PM


    Haha yeah, and I am goind to win the “next” lottery draw 😀

  • 32 goosegog // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    ne f the worst defenders ive ever seen so im over the moon

  • 33 goosegog // Aug 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    just waiting on that other plank sissoko to leave

  • 34 benjohnsen // Aug 24, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    I trust Rafa 100% here. None of the players that have left this summr were particularly good. Exception must be Gini. Get rid of the “top players” as Ed like to call them. Rafa will easily create new ones. If we get straight back to PL he will attract big names. This has been a good window.

  • 35 geordiemark // Aug 24, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    glad to see the back of janmaat terrible defender maybe not so bad going forward but the game v Southampton last year done it with me when he faked an injury to get off the pitch

  • 36 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 24, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    I like Janmaat going forward. But not defensively. I would liked to have seen how he would do in the right mid position. I can understand why benitez got rid of him, not his kind of full back, bombs forward to much. Leaving gaps in the back.

    Whatever people say about Janmaat, I thought he was a good honest bloke. So I wish him the best, apart from when anytime he plays against us.

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