Newcastle star Janmaat goes Dutch for tough Southampton challenge

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DARYL Janmaat says the Premier League is going Dutch.

Newcastle United take on third-placed Southampton in the Premier League at St James’s Park tomorrow (5.30pm kick-off).

It means a reunion for Janmaat with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who he played under at Feyenoord.

Southampton have had a remarkable season so far – despite selling the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers last summer.

But defender Janmaat says 10th-placed Newcastle, yet to win under caretaker head coach John Carver, MUST take three points.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” said Janmaat. “It’s a really important game – we have to win.”

Newcastle have three Holland internationals on their books – Janmaat, Tim Krul, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita.

Louis van Gaal, another Dutchman, took over at Manchester United last summer.

And Ajax manager Frank de Boer, linked with the Newcastle job, is tipped to soon take up a job in England.

Asked whether there was a growing Dutch influence in the Premier League, 25-year-old Janmaat said: “I think so, with the trainers as well. It’s nice for all of us.”

Krul, meanwhile, returned from injury in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“He’s a great keeper,” said Janmaat. “We need him in goal.”

Meanwhile, Southampton’s hopes of a top-four finish have been hit by injuries to key midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama pulled up with a hamstring injury in last night’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Ipswich Town, compounding news that fellow midfielder Schneiderlin will miss up to four weeks with an adductor strain.

“It’s really negative, because already we have some other injuries,” said Koeman.

Schneiderlin and Wanyama joined on the sidelines by Toby Alderweireld, Jay Rodriguez and Sam Gallagher, while Maya Yoshida, Sadio Mane and Emmanuel Mayuka are on international duty.