Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes Daryl Janmaat faces his toughest task in England yet during their fixture against Chelsea this weekend.
Janmaat was signed from Feyenoord for £5 million this summer and has made a positive impression at St. James' Park, although Pardew feels that this Saturday's game will be his biggest challenge to date.
Janmaat is set to come up against Eden Hazard and nullifying his obvious threat will be a huge test for the Dutchman.
“He’ll be up against Hazard and Hazard is a formidable player. He’s probably in the top four or five players in the league, so Daryl has a really tough job on his hands. But he’s doing absolutely brilliantly for us and we couldn’t be more pleased with him."
Janmaat has been a mainstay in the Newcastle side since arriving but stopping Hazard is something even more experienced defenders have struggled with.
The Belgian has left defenders across the league trailing in his wake, scoring seven times all competitions already.
His natural ability in possession, matched with his desire to run at defences, make him a constant threat and he remains one of Chelsea's main attacking outlets, despite the wealth of quality they have brought in. It is no surprise, meanwhile, that Hazard has won the most dribbles in the Premier League - by a long, long distance.
If Janmaat is able to keep him quiet, Newcastle's chances of getting something from the game look markedly better, though it is still no guarantee for success.
The likes of Diego Costa, Oscar and Cesc Fabregas are all perfectly capable of troubling back lines and the whole of the Magpies squad will need to be defensively disciplined if they are to pick up a result against the odds.