Whether Pieters was there for anything more than a social visit (big mates with Tim Krul) we’ll probably find out shortly. I do think though that at least one new player will arrive and I’d put good money on it being a full-back.
After the win over Spurs, Danny Simpson had this to say;
“I’m staying. I never once considered leaving. As far as I’m concerned I’m staying here. I love the players and I love the manager. Alan Pardew is a top manager and he’s a good friend as well. You’ve seen what the fans are like so why would I want to leave this place?”.
I think the truth is that Danny Simpson is what he is, a good honest pro who will give his all. I’d like him to stay but not as first choice, which is where the crux of the problem is.
I think Simpson would sign a new contract if he was given first team player’s money, even on the understanding he would end up as another James Perch – a valuable role to play but not as automatic first choice. Of course he is never going to get the money he wants on that kind of arrangement, well certainly not from Mike Ashley.
Simpson does all the basics well but in terms of a modern day full-back he is lacking two things which would have otherwise deterred Newcastle from looking elsewhere.
He’s not slow but Gareth Bale blew him away several times yesterday and possibly his main weakness is he contributes nothing going forward, not one goal or assist all last season.
Like I say, I hope he stays but not as number one, or should I say – number two.