The full-back was a key part of Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side at the 2014 World Cup, but since his transfer to St James’ Park he has been in and out of the squad under Guus Hiddink.
He was left out of Hiddink’s squads for the latter part of 2014 and, although he was recalled for the ongoing international break, there is no confirmation as to whether he will remain a part of the Oranje squad – with Janmaat revealing in the Chronicle that is seeking clarification talks with his national coach.
The 25-year-old has impressed for the Magpies this season, but he has been a good player in a team that have had few highlights this term. He has been forced to play in central defence recently, and although he is probably a contender for Newcastle’s Player of the Season, that is likely down to being one of few players to have not suffered a serious injury.
His role in a struggling team begs the question as to whether Janmaat needs to leave Newcastle for the benefit of his international career.
If playing at a team with better trophy prospects, the full-back would be more noticeable on the European stage, and that would increase the chances of Hiddink selecting him. The majority of international players are selected with Europa League and Champions League experience behind them, and in the current climate Newcastle can offer neither to Janmaat.
In the Magpies situation, they are known as a selling club, but they usually do so for profit. However, Janmaat could be pushing for an exit from Tyneside if his international prospects do not improve, and Newcastle’s lack of on-pitch success could be the reason that they struggle to bring in established international stars in the future.