Four years ago, Daryl Janmaat left Newcastle United for Watford after downing tools in our relegation ‘fight’ and seeking greener grass in a bid to keep his international hopes alive
Fast forward to 2020 and it’s yet another case of ‘the grass isn’t always greener’, with the full-back being released by the Championship side today – oh the irony.
The Dutchman’s exit was a controversial one, with many fans feeling he was abandoning us at the first opportunity and wasn’t prepared to fight to bring us back to the Premier League.
He made reasons for his exit clear soon after, stating that he’d been told by the Dutch manager that he had to be playing football in the top flight if he wanted to keep his place in the national team.
Janmaat also left a lot of fans disgruntled with his comments about NUFC fans after he left, suggesting us Mags “moan quickly” and “expect too much” in comparison to Watford supporters:
“Its massively different to my former club.
“Newcastle fans expect too much and can moan quickly”
Four years on – he’s no where near the Dutch international set-up, has been released by a Championship club and is now talking up a predictable move back to his homeland.
I was never a massive fan of him when he was here, to be honest. I always felt he hid when the going got tough, especially in that 2015/16 season.
He sometimes dazzled down the right with impressive attacking displays, but, overall, his demeanour often showed that he couldn’t be bothered and gave the impression that he felt he was better than the club.
How many players have left Newcastle thinking they’re capable of better, only to never reach similar heights?
Sadly for him, Janmaat is another to add to that ever-growing list!