Daryl Janmaat admits 'things were not good' at Newcastle United early in the season

The Dutch right-back arrived from Feyenoord this summer.

Even before the World Cup Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat was being linked with plenty of different moves away from Dutch football. Teams in Germany, Italy and England were all keen on swooping for his services.

For a long time it was Arsenal who seemed the favourites to sign him, but in the end they went for Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy instead.

The Frenchman's departure from the North-East however left a gap at Newcastle - who filled it with Janmaat's presence for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5 million.

The Dutchman has been an excellent acquisition - putting in star performances on a regular basis to earn his right among some of the best summer signings in the Premier League.

Now he has been talking to the Shields Gazette about the start to his Newcastle career. He made it clear that he has never had any regrets over the move, even when the going was tough early on in his time on Tyneside:

“Of course, at the start of the season, things were not good, and there was a lot of pressure on the trainer (Pardew) and on us as players.

“That was not nice, but I always had the belief that we had a good enough squad to do much better.

“I probably didn’t expect us to win six games in a row, but I always knew we were capable of going on a much better run and turning things around.”

Already a fixture at St James Park and a firm early fan favourite, many might even say Newcastle have traded in Debuchy for a slightly better model.

Today he will have the task to shackle Eden Hazard. If he can pull that off then he will firmly be a favourite for the Newcastle faithful.

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