Connect in the back of the net

Watford have in the course of the week officially completed the signing of fullback Daryl Janmaat from Newcastle United.

Although the transfer fee remains undisclosed, it is at a speculative £7.5 million that will see him ply his trade for the Hornets until 2020.

The Dutch international looked odds on to part ways with the Magpies after failing to feature in the last three matches for the club.

Janmaat becomes the latest high profile player to leave St. James’ Park after earlier departures by Papiss Cisse [Shandong Luneng] and Georginio Wijnaldum [Liverpool].

A staggering nine players have already left Newcastle United, and Rafael Benitez may find it increasingly difficult to keep his head above the water, more so with the pressure to regain promotion back to the Premier League.

 

Early life

Born as simply Daryl Janmaat on 22 July 1989 in Leidschendam, Netherlands, he spent the most formative years of his youth career at Feyenoord- the same Academy that produced Jonathan de Guzman and Robin van Persie.

He went on to spend two spells of his senior career with ADO Den Haag and Heerenveen before returning to his boyhood club in 2012.

The fairytale didn’t last for long however as after just two seasons, Janmaat penned a six-year deal with English side Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

 

Hit or miss for Watford?

The 27-year old may not have had a trophy laden career, but his resume is decent enough to see him settle well at Vicarage Road.

In the two seasons he spent at Newcastle he made 77 appearances, with four goals to his name.

He has been capped 27 times for the Dutch national team, and was an intricate member of the squad that finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.

As such, he could be of immense contribution to Watford, as Walter Mazzarri draws reinforcements to the side that finished 13th in the Premier League standings last season under Sanchez Flores.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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