£5m Newcastle United newbie receives warning over his international spot

Pelle and Janmaat

Gregory van der Wiel is ready to wrestle back the right-back slot for Holland from Daryl Janmaat.

This summer there was plenty of interest in the Dutch players who had performed so well at the World Cup for their nation.

The Netherlands finished third under the guidance of Louis van Gaal and the likes of Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi and Daley Blind got their big moves off the back of excellent displays in Brazil.

Another player who was on the move was Daryl Janmaat.

The talented right-back had long been linked with moves to Premier League and Serie A clubs before the summer, but after his excellent performances he was again on the radar of several big clubs.

But it was Newcastle United who won the tough battle to snap him up this summer.

Janmaat was signed for The Toon Army for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5 million.

He has been impressive so far for Newcastle, despite their problems on and off the pitch, however he was not present for this weeks international fixtures.

Janmaat is currently suffering with a minor hamstring problem, which has forced him to miss the Dutch fixtures against Kazakhstan and Iceland.

He was replaced in the squad by Paul Verhaegh and Gregory van der Wiel of Paris Saint-Germain replaced him in the starting line-up for yesterday's 3-1 win against the Kazakh's.

The right-back, once strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, used to be the number one right-back for his country. In fact, he was the starting right-back when they reached the World Cup Final in 2010.

And now he is back in the starting XI he has no intention of given it up, to Janmaat or anybody else. He is reported to have told Dutch media:

"I'm going for a starting spot. I'm not going to give this place up. Now I am back again I have to make sure that I hold this upward trend." 

Janmaat will have to find his best form for Newcastle United if he is to earn back his starting spot for his nation - as it finally comes under scrutiny.

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