DUTCH star Daryl Janmaat admits that the strength of the Premier League has taken some getting used to.
Janmaat signed for Newcastle United in the summer for £5.5m from Feyernood after also starring in the World Cup with Holland.
The 24-year-old has been one of Newcastle’s best players of the season, filling Mathieu Debuchy’s boots at right-back with ease and impressing with both his attacking and defensive work.
But he admits he has found the standard of English football much tougher than what he was used to in Holland’s Eredivisie.
“One thing I have learned is that here, every game is difficult,” he said.
“Away games, I think, in every league are difficult but also the home games here.
“Every team has quality, and power, and strength. It’s a tough league but that makes it nicer.”
Janmaat and Newcastle face one of their toughest games of the season on Saturday when they travel to Manchester City.
The Premier League champions will be looking to avenge Newcastle’s win at the Etihad earlier this season, when the Magpies knocked them out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win.
But despite City being favourites, Janmaat insists the strength of the Premier League means that big clubs can’t afford any complacency in games, unlike some games back in his native Holland.
“If you play in one of the big clubs (in Holland) like Feyernood, Ajax or PSV, you have that week where you say that it’s OK, you will win,” Janmaat told BBC Newcastle.
“But here, every win is harder and you celebrate every win. In the Eredivisie, some games it’s just normal.”
Janmaat is Newcastle’s only ever-present in the Premier League this season.