Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat makes interesting Tyne-Wear derby Dutch comparison

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Daryl Janmaat spent two seasons with Feyenoord before moving to Newcastle and has experienced his fair share of derby atmospheres.

The Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland is on a par with encounters between Feyenoord and Ajax, according to Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat.

Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle, the 26-year-old made the bold comparison between the famous Dutch rivalry and the Magpies’ upcoming Premier League grudge match.

“It is similar to Feyenoord v Ajax,” he said.

“It’s very similar to Newcastle v Sunderland as it’s two teams from different cities.

“With Feyenoord and Ajax they are big rivals, it’s always hard and they just don’t like each other.

“For me I always enjoy playing in derbies.”

Janmaat recalled that, as a Feyenoord player, he avoided visiting Amsterdam at all costs, with the majority of Ajax fans unlikely to welcome one of the star players from their bitter rivals to the city.

Former Manchester United and Arsenal star Robin Van Persie, for instance, remains persona non grata in the city, given his history as a youth product of the Rotterdam club.

Sunderland go into this weekend's game off the back of a seven-game unbeaten run against the Toon, with the Black Cats also on a run of five consecutive victories over their local rivals.

Newcastle sit three points above them in the Premier League, though, with last weekend’s 6-2 victory over Norwich City at St James’ Park representing Steve McClaren’s first top-flight win as manager of the Magpies.

Whether that will translate into a derby win, however, remains to be seen.

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