According to Netherlands boss Danny Blind, Newcastle United’s Daryl Janmaat was desperate to play for the national team in order to put himself in the shop window, Sky Sports report.
With the Magpies deep in the relegation mire and facing the realistic proposition of starting next season in the Championship, a number of players could start considering their options now.
Janmaat, a regular at right-back, is said to be one of those in doubt as Dutch boss Blind claims the former Feyenoord man is keen to attract potential suitors on the international scene.
“He wanted to be with us as he was dying to be in the spotlight, to attract, maybe, another club in case Newcastle United are actually relegated," Blind was quoted as saying.
Newcastle may feel reluctant to lose any of their first-team players this summer should they suffer relegation, yet in Janmaat’s case they may not find it too much trouble in sounding out a decent replacement.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the 26-year-old’s performance levels have gradually declined over the past six months and he is hardly a leading contender to be one of the Premier League’s best fullbacks.
This season, he has averaged less tackles, interceptions, effective clearances, defensive duels won, aerial duels won and key passes per Premier League fixture than the year before.
While Janmaat hasn’t exactly been a terrible player for Newcastle this season, he’s not indispensable either and should Blind’s comments be true, that is not the sort of attitude the Magpies need right now.
Rafa Benitez’s side are in the bottom three and in trouble. The Spaniard needs his players fighting for Newcastle’s Premier League status, not planning their exit in case things go sour.