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Danny Simpson Would Be A Great Signing In The Summer…For Newcastle!

8 years ago

The decision to play Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at right-back against FC Metalist Kharkiv, instead of fit again Danny Simpson, led to Alan Pardew being quizzed about Simpson’s immediate future.

The manager had this to say about Simpson and what he expects for the rest of the season;

“Danny is available (to play). I have to say that he wants to show people he’s a Premier League player.

So Danny is in the frame, he will have a role to play. He’s a paid player at this football club, he’s a professional player.

I expect him, when I call upon him, to do his absolute best for me.

I don’t doubt that he will”.

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I know it may seem unlikely at the minute but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Simpson end up signing another contract at Newcastle come the end of the season.

If it comes down to purely football reasons then I think the right-back remaining at St.James’ Park would make perfect sense for both parties.

I’ve got a feeling that Newcastle won’t be signing many, if any, automatic first team players in the summer, so a player like Simpson could be invaluable, if prepared to be part of a squad rather than guaranteed first choice.

I think fans get lulled into thinking yet again that because we have eleven or so players why do we need more, then when injuries kick in…the replacements aren’t up to standard, as has happened this season.

Simpson isn’t a world beater but he is a steady Premier League right-back who gives you consistent decent performances, his 35 starts last season in the team that finished fifth showed what he is capable of.

Mapou looked classy at right-back but centre-back is where he’ll be playing, especially if as seems very likely Coloccini heads off in the summer.

Maybe the easiest way to look at it, is considering which of these players you would be happiest having on the bench as your replacement for various positions; Obertan, Williamson, Shola or Simpson?

Personally, I don’t think any of those other three would get a game for any Premier League team but I think it is obvious Simpson would.

So with Mike Ashley’s ‘master plan’, a proven Premier league player who is in the right age bracket (26) and with no transfer fee, surely a no-brainer?

As for the player himself, if he’d prefer to move to the likes of Wigan or whoever, rather than realise he’d be better off as a member of a Newcastle United squad, then we’re better off without him anyway.


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