Daryl Janmaat claims he quit Newcastle in 2016 because he was told by the Dutch national manager that he had to be playing Premier League football to be considered at international level.
He states it was ‘nothing personal’, but it seems he clearly didn’t feel he owed the club anything – despite players like him being part of the reason our gutless squad went down three years ago.
He punched a wall and broke his hand in the changing room at half time against Southampton which kept him out of much of the relegation run in and from that point onwards didn’t seem like his heart was in it.
I often felt he was one of the many players that turned up when it suited them, and often put in a good performance against the top teams – probably as a way of putting himself in the shop window just as Sissoko did.
Here’s what he said when reflecting on his NUFC exit over the weekend:
““I left when Newcastle United were relegated but it was nothing personal.
“The national team manager at the time told me I had to be playing in the Premier League and that was very important to me, so that was the main reason.”
What’s amusing is that he’s only started TWO games for the Dutch national side since he left the club two and a half years ago for Watford – and that’s saying something given how the Dutch are a shadow of what they used to be!
He is not a regular starter for Watford either, and it could be argued we have a stronger right back in Deandre Yedlin, although he is not everyone’s cup of tea!