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Why This Dutch International Is Likely To Leave Newcastle

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 scored 5th spurs

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?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #1

    If you are still there Belfast, I have a dear friend in Nigeria whose late uncle was the Minister for Transport, apparently he left his nephew the budget for a new road that was never built and now the nephew needs a European bank account to hold the money in for a few months, it’s about £3m and he will leave £100k to you if you just look after the money for a while. He just needs your account details to transfer the money and of course a copy of your passport so he knows it’s a genuine account. I’ll get the link for you…what’s your email?

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Sissoko should have had Jensen as his agent as he seems to be a tad more tactful than our wantaway Frenchman!

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #3


    Make sure you alert Jib ti this one – he’s the bank details man on here.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Skirtel to Fenerbahce for a reported 5 mill. Surely we would have enquired. I suppose he’d get more money, and a longer contract in Turkey, but in the same way as Gamez, at 31, and with all that top class experience, he would have been a wonderful signing on a two year deal.

  • The American

    Jul 15, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed that sounds like he won’t leave. Are we reading the same quotes from the agent?

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #6

    The American’s right in my opinion. It reads as though he’d consider whatever opportunies come in, but Janmaat’s not wanting to leave.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Janmaat has always been respectful of the club in public. He strikes me as a player of some integrity. That totally uncalled for sending off, occasional apparently half hearted performances, and the self inflicted broken hand, lows that don’t square easily with his more general seeming professionalism. Hard to know exactly what to make of him. Is he a little too emotional at times in the heat of the moment, but certainly when at his best, he is a quite superb wing back.

  • expatmag

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #8

    I read on newsnow a couple of days ago that Janmaat wanted to stay to make sure the club gets back up to the PL.


    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #9

    jst woke 6 am ,wats goin in france..shocker

  • Very Terry

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Janmaat and Winjaldum are regularly lumped in with Sissoko as ‘wantaways’. I can’t remember either of them specifically saying they wanted to leave NUFC

  • TorontoToon

    Jul 15, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #11

    If he stays play him on the wing (much better going forward). although his defending is average for a LB, it would be excellent for a winger. Just needs to work on his crossing/not holding on to the ball to long… But could be useful there.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #12

    I think a back four of ……….Krul…….


    would be hugely formidable by Championship standards.

    Would prefer a Skirtel type to a Hanley, but with this to start and a bench with players like Haidarra, Anita, Lascelles, Dummett and Mbabu we look in excellent shape defensively.

    Actually we look set as we are, apart from the CB, and likely one or two in, to replace one or two out. Ibe would have been a nice addition.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 15, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #13

    If the squad remains as is apart from both Gini and Moussa who will definately leave we only need a CB and LM/LW in my opinion. We could do with a Rb and possibly a young specialist creative cm/cam but i think if we kept de Jong and shelvey they could both play well there.

  • expatmag

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #14


    How can you leave Lascelles out of that defence?

    He should be first name down. A born leader, was sxceptional last season when he played and has cgampionship experience.

    A no brainer for him to start.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #15
  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Expat he’s played a dozen games, two thirds of them well, he’s still young and unproven and we could do with something more seasoned, considering Mbemba is surely first pick. I’d have him third choice, which means I rate him.

    Would you have in front of Mbemba, or in front of whoever it is we need to bring in?

    If it’s a fine young prospect then perhaps I’d agree.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Expat, “no brainer”. No Brainer to assume he should.

  • martoon

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Nufc-83 – If Janmaat stays then as Ed says we probably have enough cover for RB. Jaanmat and Gamez as first choices and then Hayden and Anita can also play there plus Sterry is coming through.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I really hope Gamez will play left back, and Janmaat right. That’s two quality players.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Jimmy, yes lascelles ahead of mbemba for me. Better in air, cool head, more of a leader. I think rafa will agree assuming we get a star centre half

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Jimmy- I agree with much of what you have been writing in recent days. Particularly in terms of there being a collective responsibility for past failure/ underperformance at our football club. The problem was not totally through a lack of talent in an unbalanced squad but an overall malaise and attitude problem that clearly was accelerated during the Carver period and not addressed under Macca.

    Many of our problems last year were down to attitude problems amongst our better players rather than any lack of a talent and Benitez has addressed self belief and instilled a professionalism not seen for many seasons. This explains the underperformance and apparent lack of interest on the part of the likes of Sissoko. It certainly isn’t a boring issue for fans to discuss as he’s one of our best players- one I personally would like to keep. Benitez recognises that as he is looking longer term with a vision not shared by some of the less enlightened fans. He lifted Sissoko’s performances towards the end of last season which the player carried into the Euro’s.

    Rafa makes me feel like a fan of a club that’s just got promoted rather than relegated. There is a refreshing excitement and clearly the players feel the same way. This will help a great deal going forward. I remember the feeling and mood at losing a friendly 5-1 at Leyton Orient. We also are in a much better financial state now than when we were last relegated and the mood around the team and fans is buoyant. There’s much to be optimistic about. Your point about keeping our best players and having less to have to rebuild once back in the PL could in part be offset by keeping unhappy players. That’s down to Benitez but I would like to keep Sissoko with the right mindset as his marauding style could be a revelation in the Championship.

    We made the best signing of the summer in Benitez and I believe he will get us promotion.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Mmmm, interesting….. I thought Mbemba was mostly very good in a tough bind. A long and tough entire first season. Lascelles mostly good for the final third. I wouldn’t have thought he’d done enough to usurp him, or even Colo, had he been kept on, although doubtless he did do well.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #23

    I think an Mbemba / Lascelles partnership is very exciting, each brings his own attributes to the game, Mbemba can run and dribble with the ball bringing it out of defence, whilst Lascelles is imo better in the air, and more likely to score from set pieces. Both are good at tackling, and read the game well. and they both have pace giving us a better chance to chase down balls over the top.

    With a couple of decent fullbacks I think we will have a great defence, an understanding between the two is developing and will only get better.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Yes Ian, we do often share similar views. I’ve long recognised it, and in fact much of your opinion influences my own, even if you are Jack Root, and carl, who I also like, and don’t care a hoot where the point of view comes from. I apologise in advance if this is indeed not the case.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 15, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Ian i was just about to call u a patronising tool for suggesting i am a “less enlightened” fan. But i wont :). In the real world sissoko is busting his chops to stay and rafa knows he can squirrel away the 25/30 mill that he gets for him, and even keep it for next season when we will need another upgrade to make a prem impact. If we can get one more decent striker winger and centre half that should be our spending finished.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 15, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry….error….sissoko busting his chops to leave, not stay!


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