The Dutchman is confident of the side breaking into the top half from their current position of 11th with 32 points.
“We want that top ten finish. We can get points from even the big games so we know we can do it, I want that and so do the team,” said Janmaat.
“We have done well in the last few games under John and it’s been nice to end that sequence of poor results we had against some difficult teams.”
The comments show a determination which doesn’t look or reach too far ahead of where the club currently are.
That shows common sense and gives the players something realistic to aim for over the next few weeks.
It would have been naïve of Janmaat to make a big, bold claim that the club could finish in the top six and the top ten is realistic.
There’s even a case to argue that the defender is being under ambitious and that the Magpies should be aiming for the top eight.
They are two wins away from eighth place as things stand and have a great chance to send out a message to their rivals when they take on Manchester City when the Premier League action returns.
Get a result from that game and the rest of February could give the side even more momentum heading into March and the spring.