World Cup stats: What Daryl Janmaat can bring to Newcastle United

Newcastle are interested in the Dutchman but is he as good as Mathieu Debuchy?

Newcastle United have reportedly had a £4.7 million bid offer for right back Daryl Janmaat rejected by Feyenoord.

According to Voetbal International, the Dutch club knocked back Newcastle's initial bid for the Netherlands international, and now the Magpies must decide whether to up their offer to the £6 million asking price.

Janmaat has featured in four games in the 2014 World Cup, playing as the right-sided wing back in Louis van Gaal's 3-4-3 formation. The 24-year-old is viewed as the ideal replacement for french right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who looks to be on his way to Arsenal.

But how does Janmaat's performance in the World Cup stack up against Debuchy's?

  TacklesTackles wonInterceptionsBlocksClearancesAerial duels wonAerial duels lostFoulsMins
Daryl Janmaat 17 14 10 1 12 4 1 8 365
Mathieu Debuchy 16 14 8 2 12 8 3 7 360

In the Premier League full-backs that are solid defensively are crucially important to a team's success. In Debuchy, Newscastle already have a defensively sound right-back, but Janmaat has matched the Frenchman in a number of categories in this tournament.

The two players' defensive statistics are almost a mirror image. Just five minutes separates their playing time, and they are equal in successful tackles and clearances. Janmaat is a slightly less efficient tackler - he attempted one more challenge and picked up one extra foul.

The only statistic which separates the two full backs defensively is aerial duels. Debuchy was tested more than twice as much as Janmaat, and won eight of his eleven battles in the air. While Janmaat only had five aerial duels he was more efficient than Debuchy, winning four of them.

It is worth noting that Debuchy featured as a 'true' right-back in France's traditional 4-5-1 formation. Janmaat, on the other hand, played as a wing-back in Louis van Gaal's 3-4-3 system. The Dutchman had more attacking responsibility as he was expected to play as much as a winger as a full-back at times, and it is therefore surprising that he is so similar defensively than Debuchy.

  TouchesPoss lostTotal PassPass accuracy (%)CrossesAccurate CrossesChances createdAssistsMins
Mathieu Debuchy 271 61 143 77.62 13 2 0 0 360
Daryl Janmaat 243 58 141 75.89 7 2 5 2 365

Where Janmaat stands above Debuchy in this tournament is in attack. The Dutchman has been excellent going forward, creating five chances and picking up two assists over his five appearances.

While Debuchy has had more touches of the ball and is a slightly more efficient passer, he is inaccurate with his crosses, completing just two of his 13 attempts. He did not create a scoring opportunity for his side during the tournament, and was far less effective in attack than Janmaat.

Janmaat is reportedly valued by Feyenoord at £8 million, which is about the same fee that Newcastle would receive from Arsenal for Debuchy. Going by the two full-backs' World Cup performances, the Magpies will not be losing much by replacing the Frenchman - Janmaat offers more going forward and is capable at the back.

It would be interesting to see if the Dutchman could adapt to the pace of the Premier League, and whether he would be as defensively solid with two centre-backs behind him instead of three. Judging by his displays in Rio, however, the Toon Army could have an exciting player on their hands if they can fend off interest from Manchester United and secure Janmaat's signature.

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