Daryl Janmaat a good choice for Manchester United or Spurs

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking at £6m Dutch international Daryl Janmaat.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli will battle it out for highly-rated Dutch international Daryl Janmaat. The 24-year-old, included in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad, is said to be available for a relatively meagre £6 million - a fee that has sent two of England’s top clubs into a race for his signature.

The Feynoord defender does look to be, on paper at least, a good choice for both clubs as they look to revitalise their defensive frailties for next season. 

Louis van Gaal has shown confidence in Feyenoord's backline selecting three of their starting four in his bid to bring the World Cup back to the Netherlands. But, do the individual statistics for Janmaat show why Feynoord would allow him to leave so cheaply, or why Louis van Gaal has selected him for a World Cup place?

We took a look, and this is what we found:


Tackling – Janmaat made 79 tackles in 30 league games last season, the second highest in the team. In fact, the only person that beat him in this aspect was another Manchester United target Jordy Clasie.

Interceptions – He made 43 interceptions last term, the fifth highest in the team. A statistic which shows he could perhaps improve his defensive positioning.

Fouls – The Dutchman was guilty of conceding 25 fouls last season, the 15th most in the Feynoord side. A statistic which in comparison with the amount of tackles he makes would suggest he is a fairly ‘surgical’ tackler.


Creating goalscoring opportunities – He made 36 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates last season, a figure much higher than the rest of the Feynoord backline.

Successful dribbles & dispossessions – Janmaat recorded 27 successful dribbles last season, the third highest in the Feynoord side. However, he was dispossessed 29 times which shows his dribbling skills aren’t quite as ‘surgical’ as his tackling ability.


Overall Passes – He made 1,426 passes last season, the third highest in the side behind Stefan de Vrij and Jordy Clasie. It’s a statistic which shows that, last season, the right-back was at the heart of most things for Feynoord.

Pass accuracy – The 24-year-old recorded 1,162 accurate passes last season in 30 league games, which leaves him with a percentage of 81.5%. A fairly respectable record for a defender with such a thirst to create goalscoring opportunities.

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