Daryl Janmaat confident Newcastle United can push on nest season

Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat.
Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat.
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Daryl Janmaat feels Newcastle United can prosper in the Premier League next season – if the club can strengthen its squad, writes Miles Starforth.

Janmaat was one of the few players to enhance his reputation last term as the team struggled to stay in the top flight.

“I think we will do that, and we can have a good season.”

And the defender, signed from Feyenoord a year ago, has no regrets about joining Newcastle, despite a difficult first season at St James’s Park.

Asked about his move to Tyneside, Janmaat said: “It’s perfect.

“I like the club and the Premier League. It’s the best competition in the world.

“I made a good decision to come here.”

United owner Mike Ashley pledged to “invest” in the squad on the final day of the campaign, but the club, which has appointed Steve McClaren as its new head coach, is yet to sign a player this summer.

Janmaat’s Dutch countryman Siem de Jong was among last year’s signings.

And Janmaat is looking forward to seeing de Jong – who missed much of last season through injury – back on the field.

Newcastle are looking to further strengthen up front, with Queens Park Rangers’s Charlie Austin, Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost and Olympique Marseille’s Florian Thauvin among its targets.

“He (de Jong) will come back next season and I hope the club brings some good players in,” said 25-year-old Janmaat.

“I think we will do that, and we can have a good season.”

United only confirmed their Premier League status on the final day of last season after a tortuous few months on the field under then-head coach John Carver, who left the club earlier this month.

“We have to make sure this doesn’t happen again – that’s the main thing here,” said Janmaat.

“We didn’t start the season well, then we had a great run. I think we were fifth in the table at one point.

“It was like a rollercoaster. We lost eight games in a row, and that was a hard thing.

“That is one thing that can’t happen.”

Holland international Janmaat, however, does not regret joining Newcastle.

Asked if he had any regrets, he said: “Not really, but we have to improve. I’m confident we can do that.”