Watford are now spoilt for choice on the right-hand side of their team after the Hornets today completed the signing of Daryl Janmaat, a player who started for Holland at the last World Cup.
Walter Mazzarri now has Janmaat, Nordin Amrabat, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Ikechi Anya, Brice Dja Djedje and, at a push, Allan Nyom who can all operate on the right-hand side of the Italian’s preferred 3-5-2 formation. Nordin Amrabat is the man in possession of the shirt, a fact strengthened by him being given the night off against Gillingham, but Janmaat, who has signed a four-year deal and could cost up to £9m, hasn’t come to sit on the bench at 27 years of age and in the prime of his career.
“I’m really happy to be here, it’s a new adventure for me,” said Janmaat who has traded a season in the Championship for a third crack at the Premier League. “I was really pleased that Watford showed interest in me because I wanted to play in the Premier League.”
Watford fought off competition from West Ham, the former club of chief executive Scott Duxbury, to land Janmaat who, according to stats from Squawka, failed to make a defensive error last season, some achievement in a side relegated from the Premier League. He scored against the Hornets at St James’ Park and Quique Sanchez Flores gave Valon Behrami specific instructions to help Nathan Ake shackle him in back-to-back games at Vicarage Road.
“We [Newcastle] lost three times to Watford last season,” said Janmaat in an interview with the club website. “They had a good season and I hope we can do the same again this year.”
Janmaat is the club’s eighth summer signing, joining Jerome Sinclair, Isaac Success, Christian Kabasele, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra, Dja Djedje, Zuniga in a summer spending spree that could be as high as £48.3m, without factoring in what a tribunal will stipulate Sinclair will cost or the loan fee paid to Napoli for Zuniga.
“The club is showing great ambition and wants to improve, and I want to be part of that,” said Janmaat.
The signing of Janmaat increases the number of foreign players on the club’s books to 21. Only 17 are permitted in a 25-man Premier League squad.
Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Matej Vydra, Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Giedrius Arlauskis, Juan Carlos Paredes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Costel Pantilimon, Nordin Amrabat, Adlene Guedioura, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Christian Kabasele, Brice Dja Djedje, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat.
Out the door: Arlauskis, Paredes
Under threat: Guedioura, Vydra, Nyom, Dja Djedje