NEWCASTLE United new boy Daryl Janmaat has warned the Premier League to be wary of a “Dutch invasion”.
The 24-year-old right-back was yesterday unveiled as Newcastle’s fifth signing of the summer after signing a six-year deal.
Janmaat arrived from Feyenoord in a £5million deal and becomes the second Holland international to sign for the Magpies in a matter of weeks, following Siem de Jong’s move from Ajax.
It brings the tally of Dutchmen at St James’s Park to four, with keeper Tim Krul and midfielder Vurnon Anita completing the quartet, and Janmaat admits the presence of his fellow countryman was a factor in him moving to Tyneside.
He laughed: “It’s nice to have more Dutch players around me – it’s four now and it’s more than the French!
“Now it’s a Dutch invasion!”
Janmaat was one of the stars of Holland’s World Cup campaign, helping Louis van Gaal’s side finish in third place in Brazil.
And he admits he learned about Newcastle’s interest halfway through the tournament, and spoke to Krul about moving to Tyneside.
“I spoke a few times with him and he gave me a lot of good advice,” said Janmaat.
“He has been here for something like 10 years, so he knows it well.
“My feeling was good when I first spoke with them (Newcastle) and it’s the perfect step for me, a club moving forward.
“It’s a marvellous stadium and everything feels right.
“I knew (of the interest) in the last two weeks and then I was thinking about it. I spoke to Newcastle and had a good feeling about this club.”
As well as old pals Krul, de Jong and Anita, whom he has known and played against for years, Janmaat will also come up against familiar faces in the shape of Van Gaal and his old Feyenoord manager, Ronald Koeman, this season.
Van Gaal has taken over as Manchester United manager while Koeman – who led Feyenoord to second place in the Eredivisie last season, with Janmaat’s help – will face Newcastle in the fourth game of the campaign as Southampton’s new boss.
“He (van Gaal) is a great coach and I wish him all the best,” the full-back added. “I don’t know when the game is yet.
“And my old trainer Ronald Koeman is at Southampton. He’s a good trainer and he gave me a lot of confidence.
“He’s one of the best I’ve ever worked with.”