Damien says that he is feeling very fit after his two games for the club, after being out with a severe ankle injury for a full eight months.
Damien Duff – soon to be at his best for Newcastle?
The Irishman has started the last two games for Newcastle, and we were a little surprised to read one report of the Chelsea game, that said Duff looked hopeless. We thought he looked quite good and was certainly working hard for the team, helping out at left back as Charles was surging up the wing.
Weâ€™ve thought Duff has looked quite solid since he’s returned, although it will take him a little time to get back to his best.Â But weâ€™re certainly willing to have him get some games under his belt, as he gets back to top form.Â Â As weâ€™ve said to anybody who would listen, weâ€™re convinced Duff is the type of player that Sam will get the very best out of, and weâ€™re excited about the possibilities.
The 28-year-old admits he’s been feeling good since he came back in to the team, as he told the official Newcastle United Web Site today:
“It’s been busy but that doesn’t bother me because I’m just delighted to be playing again,” “The results have been disappointing though, especially Chelsea when we felt we could’ve got the win and definitely the draw.â€
“But I’m feeling great in myself and would say I’m just about 100% fit now.â€ “I’ve come off with a couple of minutes to go against Chelsea but felt like I could’ve run all day.â€
“Now we’ve got some big games in the New Year and I am looking forward to it.â€ “When you’ve been out for so long you really appreciate playing again.â€
“We’ve got another busy month coming up and we have to build on that Chelsea performance and hopefully get a win in front of our own fans against Man City on Wednesday.”
The other good thing that weâ€™re sure Newcastle fans have noticed, is that since Duff came back on the left wing, Sam has finally played James Milner in his proper position on the right wing.Â That has left the side looking a lot more balanced of late. It also looks like Sam is willing to start Damien in almost every game to get him match fit quickly, and as we’ve mentioned, we have no problems with that.
We think Damien has looked good, but itâ€™s hard not to be too optimistic in the circumstances. However, Damien is a good and exciting player, and that’s exactly what we need in the team right now.Â We hope to see the best of Duff before the end of this season.
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