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Danny Simpson v Mathieu Debuchy Against QPR?

8 years ago
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The situation that surrounds Danny Simpson typifies the kind of chaotic season Newcastle United have had.

Once January passed and no new contract agreed for Simpson, and especially with the arrival of Debuchy, Danny Simpson was more or less frozen out and quietly it seemed to be made clear he was no longer in the manager’s plans for this season.

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As always though at Newcastle, things are never that easy and sure enough injuries, European ineligibility and suspension have meant Debuchy has at times being unavailable.

The end result is that Simpson who the club have wiped their hands of, ends up playing a number of vital matches in both Europe and the Premier League, while seemingly more favoured players such as Perch are left on the bench.

Fair play to Simpson because he’s done what he has always done, which is give solid not brilliant performances which suggest to me it is a no-brainer he should be retained as a squad player.

However, in the case of Mathieu Debuchy we have a high profile signing who to me has done OK but is still getting to grips with the Premier League, like the other January signings – which is to be expected.

This is what Alan Pardew has had to say ahead of the match on Sunday;

“There is a decision to be made as Danny was absolutely fabulous at West Ham.

There have been some negative things said about Danny but whenever we’ve really needed him he has come to the fore.

He played a lot last year in that top 5 run and he has been a terrific servant for us.”

I can’t get my head around the bizarre possibility that for a match that could decide our Premiership survival, we could end up playing a player who the club have washed their hands of and made next to no effort to keep, instead of an international high profile signing who a major investment has been made in, at least in part to help ensure we stay up this season!

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