There’s always plenty of transfer gossip throughout the year with numerous players linked to clubs. So how much of this gossip is realistic and how much of it would be sensible for the clubs and players involved in it? These transfer gossip analysis articles take a look at the major gossip to try and answer the big questions.
The Dutch defender has reportedly caught the attention of Brendan Rodgers and could be seen as a long-term replacement for Glen Johnson, who looks set to leave the club when his deal expires in the summer.
Full story: Daily Star
What’s the story? It seems like Glen Johnson’s up and down Liverpool career is likely to come to an end this summer. A combination of inconsistency and more importantly, Liverpool’s switch to their 3-4-2-1 system has seen him without a role. With Rodgers preferring the likes of Markovic, Ibe and even Raheem Sterling in the right wing back/right midfield spot in the four, Johnson hasn’t been getting on the field and wouldn’t be trusted to play in a central three as anything more than an auxiliary option. Which doesn’t necessarily lead naturally to Daryl Janmaat of course. Janmaat has had a solid first season in England at Newcastle, but he’s played as a right back in a back four. He did play at right wing back for Holland in the World Cup though and is certainly comfortable adding width in attack and has claimed 6 assists.
Does it make sense? Kind of. If they were to bring in Janmaat, he would have to be used at right wing back. What he would bring, is more defensive solidity than the current options in the position who are ostensibly wingers playing further back with some defensive responsibility. Although the defence has notably solidified since the change in system, much of this is because Liverpool are using possession control as a first line of defence and are back to their overwhelming best in attack which means the defence is under less pressure than it was early in the season. Janmaat would be a defensive upgrade, even if an attacking downgrade compared to the other options at Rodgers’ disposal currently. Rodgers does like a more attack minded right wing back though, not least because Lallana, Coutinho and even Sterling like to drift out to the left when playing centrally so Ibe or Markovic can retain attacking width at searing pace which perhaps Janmaat doesn’t offer quite as much.
Is the price right? Newcastle paid £5m for Janmaat last summer and they don’t sell cheaply as Liverpool know full well after the Andy Carroll affair. You’d think Newcastle would be expecting at least £10m, perhaps even up to £12m. Liverpool need to get out of the habit of paying hugely more for players they could have acquired more cheaply the season before though (Lovren, Markovic etc.) Considering it’s a borderline system fit and with so many other players in situ, it’s probably not going to get them to pay up.
Will it happen? 3/10 – It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Janmaat does leave Newcastle if someone makes a large enough bid and he does have a skill set that could be useful to Liverpool. However, with Brendan Rodgers’ justifiable belief in his ability to develop players, the bustling power and pace of Jordan Ibe will look an intriguing project for the right wingback/midfield role. I would think the right back spot at Spurs would be a better bet for Janmaat’s next landing spot.
Follow @football_space on Twitter for the latest posts, views, transfer gossip, news and discussion.
Like on Facebook to get first look at all new posts and exclusive ‘Best Of’ selections from the archive