Janmaat: Newcastle need to create more chances

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Daryl Janmaat wants to see Newcastle create more chances, after failing to score against West Ham.

Janmaat was Newcastle’s best player in the 2-0 loss to West Ham on Monday evening, and he gave a simple answer to the Chronicle when asked where the side need to improve.

The Dutch full-back said: “We didn’t create that many chances and that definitely has to improve. We need to get the balance right. There were times when we were trying to get men forward, but that left us open at the back and that cannot happen.”

Despite playing at full-back, Janmaat was the Magpies most offensive player in the loss to West Ham, and he was often the only playing willing to drive into the opposition third.

However, the actual offensive players did little to aid him, and the Dutch international’s work often went to waste when the ball reached the likes of Papiss Cisse and Florian Thauvin, who lost possession far too easily.

He wants to see Steve McClaren’s men have more chances in front of goal, with their current tally of just two goals scored in five games the lowest in the entire Premier League.

However, they cannot score if they are not creating chances, and the Magpies’ have attempted just seven shots per game on average, also the lowest in the top flight.

All the players need to be working together to end this drought in front of goal, and when a full-back is the most attacking player in the side, it shows there is a problem with how the team are set-up in the search for victory.

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