Damien Duff May Start Today

Sam Allardyce talked today about what seems our new player this morning, Damien Duff, and we were pleased with his contribution on Sunday.


Damien Duff – looked good on Sunday when he came on

The Irishman was brought on after 68 minutes for Nicky Butt against Derby County, and it will have done Damien the world of good.

Sam talked about a player he obviously admires today:

“Damien’s a proven Premier League player and, for me, it’s like having a new player in the squad,”

“He has come through a difficult period – at one stage, I think he might have been worried about how serious his (ankle) problem was – but he has been so dedicated for several months, he has worked hard to recover and recuperate and, like Michael, he’s an important player to have back.”

“It has been a long road for him but he has made himself available for first-team football as soon as possible, maybe even ahead of schedule, and he looked comfortable at the weekend.”

“We’ve got Duffer back, Michael could be available and we’ve got all four center-halves (Faye, Steven Taylor, Claudio Caçapa and David Rozehnal) fit again.”

“That adds to the size and the quality of the first-team squad, it gives me more options and I’m confident that it can help us ensure this is a positive festive period for Newcastle.”

We don’t mind saying we like Duff a lot as both a player and a person. While it’s true he hasn’t yet produced the form he is capable of at Newcastle, we have a suspicion that Big Sam will bring the very best out of Damien.

And Duff has shown tremendous courage over these last 8 months when at one point it was doubtful whether he would play again, following his severe ankle injury. That experience will stand the Dublin-born Irishman in good stead in the weeks ahead. We’d like to see Duff start today.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments and opinions always welcome.

5 comments so far

  • wsq

    Dec 26, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Taylor and Faye in center of defence!

  • adam

    Dec 26, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    i hope sam doesnt play duff up front like roeder did

  • Neil A H

    Dec 26, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t start him today. I’d rather see N’Zogbia on the wing and Enrique at right back. Nonetheless, Duff did look menacing on Saturday.

  • finngeordie

    Dec 26, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    anybody know of any good streams online of todays game? doesnt seem as though anybody could be bothered broadcasting it

  • scott 9

    Dec 26, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    i hope duff does start he has great skill and passing ability


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