Newcastle United full-back Daryl Janmaat has explained to the Northern Echo that he will play in central defence if asked to, despite having no experience as a centre half.
Newcastle’s injury problems across their backline have been well documented and leave John Carver in a difficult position.
Newcastle conceded three goals in the game against Everton and face a difficult match against Arsenal this weekend, a side well equipped to take advantage of any indecision across the Newcastle defence.
“I will play in the middle of the defence if I am asked to do so, although it is not really my position,” said Janmaat.
“If the team needs me there, I am confident I can do well there, even though I have not played as a central defender in the whole of my career.”
Whether Carver should take the risk is a question, which is effectively out of his hands because of injuries and suspensions to other players.
He may have no choice looking ahead to the game and the danger is that Arsenal have experienced players who may drift to the left and play on Janmaat, as they look to pull him out of position.
Arsenal are at their most difficult to defend against when they have several players running from wide and deep positions to exploit small gaps which open up in the opposition defence.
What Carver and Janmaat have in their favour is the fact that the Dutchman is a very good defender.
He has to be praised for showing a willingness to play an unfamiliar role, which helps out the team and removes some of the pressure from the manager.