Kevin Keegan has told Damien Duff over the last few weeks that he is still a key player for Newcastle United.
Damien Duff – still has big part to play on Tyneside
We think Damien is one of the players that is doing everything right in training to win his place back in the Newcastle starting eleven. And it was good to see Damien get a run out yesterday, when he had a good shot well saved by Reading goalkeeper Hahnemann right near the end of the game.
In fact Kevin thinks Damien, if anything, may be trying too hard in training, as he talked about the Irish International today:
â€œDamien Duff is a key player,â€ â€œI keep telling him that every day.â€ â€œI donâ€™t tell him that because I am trying to keep him sweet.â€â€œI tell him that because I honestly believe he has a major role to play.â€
â€œHe has just got to wait for his opportunity. He has had the injury problems but he is through them now.â€ â€œHe is very fit and has worked very hard.â€
â€œI said to him two weeks ago that he was working too hard,â€ â€œYou can leave a lot of it on the training ground if you are not careful. I told him to ease back a bit and do less quality work in training.â€
Duff is showing the right attitude, and he’s been good since he returned from injury last December. But he has been one of the players to suffer with Keegan’s move to a 4-3-3 formation, which essentially operates without wingers. We have no idea if Keegan will continue that formation next season.
But it looks like Damien is going nowhere, and we think Kevin will want to keep most of the squad and only let the likes of Ameobi, Carr and Rozehnal leave in the summer.
If Charles N’Zogbia wants to move to London it looks like Kevin will try to get Aaron Lennon from Tottenham in a straight swap, which would be a good deal for us.
If we bring in another center-back we also think Peter Ramage will become a free agent in the summer, when his Newcastle contract expires, and that he’ll probably rejoin Glenn Roeder at Norwich City.
What do you think?
Let us know – comments very welcome.