Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jan's the Man for Magpies, and He Loves Being on Tyneside Too

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jan's the Man for Magpies, and He Loves Being on Tyneside Too

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer

Daryl Janmaat has admitted he loving life on Tyneside following Newcastle United's Premier League resurgence.

The Dutch right-back swapped Rotterdam for Newcastle upon Tyne in the summer after two years with Feyenoord.

United chiefs were convinced that Janmaat could not only replace Mathieu Debuchy but also eclipse the status of the French international.

At 25, Janmaat still has his best years ahead of him and some fans have even described Janmaat as "The Debuchy upgrade."

Newcastle have kept three clean sheets in a row and won their last five matches - and now find themselves in the top eight of the Premier League and the last eight of the Capital One Cup with a two-legged crack at a Wembley final potentially just 90 minutes away.

It all seems a far cry from Newcastle's stint in the bottom three.

Janmaat, speaking after the club's latest 2-0 win over West Brom, said: "We don't concede goals, one in five games is good. Defensively that is good.

"I think we are playing better football now in the last period. We've improved and that's important.

"We don't want to be bottom of the table. We want to be high in the table, the confidence is growing."

Janmaat's man of the match display at the Hawthorns was a key factor in the victory over the Baggies.

He set up both goals from down the right hand side after Ayoze Perez backheeled his cross home, then Fabricio Coloccini weighed in with a header from a similar attack.

Janmaat said: "We can play good football. I like to go forward and put in crosses."

The Dutchman's fine form comes after a quick settling-in period at St James' Park.

He said: "I like it. I like the club and I feel at home here. Now of course, we are winning games and it's better.

"I played every minute and I like the Premier League so it's great for me. …

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