Danny Simpson says Newcastle United have proved the doubters wrong and picks out 3 players
It is coming up to five years now since Danny Simpson left Newcastle.
Arriving on loan at the start of the Championship season of 2009/10, the move was made permanent halfway through that second tier title winning campaign – the defender playing 39 times.
Helping Newcastle to get mid-table in the first season back, Danny Simpson then played all but three matches as United finished fifth in 2011//12.
The 2012/13 season proved to be his last at St James Park as Mike Ashley refused to give the player the contract he felt he deserved.
Simpson joining QPR on a free before then moving onto Leicester.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Whilst nobody could have forecast that he would end up winning the Premier League title and reach the Champions League quarter-final fair to say that Newcastle haven’t had a better defender at right-back since he left.
Just like Debuchy and Janmaat, Yedlin is far better going forwards than backwards, though he is slowly but surely improving.
Five years on, Danny Simpson thinks Newcastle fans will be happy about the season so far, after bouncing back into the Premier League.
He also believes that Rafa and his team have proved a ‘few people’ wrong, who had doubts about Newcastle back last summer.
As for the visitors today, the Leicester player picks out three threats.
Simpson picks put Dwight Gayle and the two likely wingers today, out of the current Newcastle team.
Whilst goals haven’t come that easy this season, since December only the defeat at Anfield saw Newcastle fail to score in the league.
With Leicester drawing their last three PL home matches against Stoke, Bournemouth and Swansea, that will also give Rafa’s players every encouragement.
The very consistent Danny Simpson had a hamstring injury in December but is now back as a regular starter, hoping to get another three points to help them win seventh place and a potential place in the Europa League.
“Newcastle United are doing well.
“I think at the start of the season, a few people had their doubts about them, but they have had a good season.
“Credit to the players and the manager. I’m pretty sure the Newcastle fans will be happy.
“Obviously, they’re a solid, organised team.
“I think Matt Ritchie has always been a good player who’s a good signing for Newcastle.
“He’s got a great left foot and can pretty much shoot from anywhere. So, for me personally as a full back, you’ve got to keep an eye on him.
“I know Dwight Gayle – I think he’s having a good season and always seems to be in the right areas at the right time getting chances.
“You’ve also got Kenedy on loan who’s come in and given them a bit of a lift, so we’ve got to keep an eye on him as well.
“I definitely think we are in with a chance [of seventh and a potential Europa League place].
“Saying it’s between us and Burnley but there are other teams that are in with a shout as well.
“With the success we’ve had over the last few years, obviously winning the title and then the Champions League campaign, I think getting seventh would be a decent season.”
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