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:
â€œDamienâ€™s a proven Premier League player and, for me, itâ€™s like having a new player in the squad,â€
â€œHe has come through a difficult period â€“ at one stage, I think he might have been worried about how serious his (ankle) problem was â€“ but he has been so dedicated for several months, he has worked hard to recover and recuperate and, like Michael, heâ€™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.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got Duffer back, Michael could be available and weâ€™ve got all four center-halves (Faye, Steven Taylor, Claudio CaÃ§apa and David Rozehnal) fit again.”
“That adds to the size and the quality of the first-team squad, it gives me more options and Iâ€™m confident that it can help us ensure this is a positive festive period for Newcastle.â€
We don’t mind saying we like Duff a lot as both a player and a person. While itâ€™s true he hasnâ€™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. Weâ€™d like to see Duff start today.
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