Damien Duff Feeling Just Great

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.

We’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.  But we’re certainly willing to have him get some games under his belt, as he gets back to top form.   As we’ve said to anybody who would listen, we’re convinced Duff is the type of player that Sam will get the very best out of, and we’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.”

“But I’m feeling great in myself and would say I’m just about 100% fit now.” “I’ve come off with a couple of minutes to go against Chelsea but felt like I could’ve run all day.”

“Now we’ve got some big games in the New Year and I am looking forward to it.” “When you’ve been out for so long you really appreciate playing again.”

“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 we’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.  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 it’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.  We hope to see the best of Duff before the end of this season.

Comments very welcome.

6 comments so far

  • goalcentre.com

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Duff return is very important for Newcastle. He will add the pace and creativity which is very much lacking from Newcastle.
    Newcastle just have to keep their fingers crossed so that Duff does not get injured again. If not Big Sam will start playing players at different positions again!
    Happy New year to all. Bye bye 2007 and Welcome 2008!

  • Obafan

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Very imprtant that he is back, now we have a very strong winger at the left. He needs a few more games to get to his old level and then he again is the player who attacks every defender with his skills and pace.

  • Leo

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    very glad to read the headline i tell you, when i see a picture of him i think oh shit he is injured again, pleasent suprise.

  • john

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    he should put duff left back charlie on the wing.

  • Bill f

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Well said John I’ve been saying that for weeks glad to see someone agree with me. At least untill he is fully up to speed again.

    Must admit I am mystified as to the way Sam seems to be using Enrique (or not) as someone said in The Telegraph today both Vidic and Evre looked a bit lost until they had some games behind them, now they look really solid and good. Sometimes the manager has to show faith in his players and this (outwardly at least) isn’t always obvious with Sam.

  • mo_nufc

    Dec 31, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope allardyce-enrique is not a roeder-luque situation.


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