Keegan Tells Duff He’s Still Wanted at Newcastle

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:

“Damien Duff is a key player,” “I keep telling him that every day.” “I don’t tell him that because I am trying to keep him sweet.”“I tell him that because I honestly believe he has a major role to play.”

“He has just got to wait for his opportunity. He has had the injury problems but he is through them now.” “He is very fit and has worked very hard.”

“I said to him two weeks ago that he was working too hard,” “You 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.”

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.

18 comments so far

  • cathal

    Apr 6, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    kk will want to keep duffer bcos chances are next yr with the right centre mids brought in (deco, modric, veloso, moutinho-choose two) KK will want to use wingers. and with nzogbaia nd duffer, if we bring in lennon/mcgeady with milner as back up, we will have a top class midfield. with our strikers playing very hot all we need is 1 or 2 additions to the back 4!!

  • Kieran hatten

    Apr 6, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #2

    It is a shame that the formation is 4-3-3 even though we are on hot form a lot of our squad are wingers!!! i think Keegan should turn duff into a central midfield or a Central attacking midfield… or a long shot at a striker… he’s got the pace and skill… any thoughts?? Certainly get rid of ameobi…. carr .and Rohenzhal

  • Spyro

    Apr 6, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    “Meanwhile, Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan could offer Charles N’Zogbia as a makeweight in a deal to bring Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon to the Stadium of Light, according to the News of the World.”


  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah ramage will go to nowich no doubt

  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    what dya mean spyro?

  • bailey

    Apr 6, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Just read Duff is on £76000 a week. God Forbid.

  • Toon Al

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    ironic really that keegan doesnt use wingers this time round..

  • Spyro

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    read the quote Leo, i got that from an online article, how can they mistake SJP for the Stadium of light?!?

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope Fat Sam is watching Newcastle matches, and how they can be made to play. He surely must have seen the last-to-last match vs Spurs. He is doing “punditry” for ESPN-Star in S/SE Asia region. I just hate it when he opens his mouth.
    As I write this, its half time at Boro, with both the sides goin into the break level.Before the game, Fat Sam questioned Boro’s attack minded lineup, suggesting that they should be more defensive.

    Don’t think Fat Sam has changed a bit, I feel for the supporters of the next club he gets to manage. Hopefully the club is someway above the artic circle, and only reindeer will have to endure the torture that is Fat Sam, and his brand of footsie.

    When when when will he learn that you simply cant go anywhere by trying to defend defend and defend only???

  • micepie

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    If we sign Lennon – or have to, or choose to, use Milner instead of Geremi at times next season then we simply have to either a) get Lennon or Milner to defend behind Beye when he makes his runs, as Geremi does now or b) Beye will just have to hold back on his forward runs a little and let Lennon/Milner take over.

    I’m personally carried away by the 4-3-3 and don’t want us to go back to 4-4-2 if Martins & Owen stay fit. Maybe the 4-3-3 will be exposed against the top 4 but let’s see.

    About Duff, I thought he looked sharper than he ever has for us when he came on for a few minutes yesterday!

  • MichaelA

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #11,20285,12606_3389229,00.html

    I’m not entirely sure Paul Walsh watched our game yesterday.

  • Dirk

    Apr 6, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #12

    well i think this is great, it shows that wen can use a number of formations and if keegan can get the team to play as well in a 442 formation maybe we could alternate to suit the team we play against. it also means that players can be rested and others will have a chance to play.

  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    i means where, which article…?

  • Colinski

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Off load this guy and save the money. Like many other overpaid individuals, he has not earned his keep and would not die for the cause.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15


  • Oga

    Apr 6, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree with ‘Colinski’

  • Tooner

    Apr 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Duff is on ridiculous wages for what he has contributed to the cause. Between him and Carr, they are over 100k a week. Carr is gone in the summer, but Duff should either take a pay cut or get shipped off. There is no reason to pay for his outrageous wages when he has never looked the part.

  • clinta

    Apr 7, 2008 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #18

    i’m sorry to say it but i think zog will move on finally next season and that’s one of the main reasons KK is keen to keep duff at the lub also, i think the majority of next season well be playing a 442 with wide men so he’ll be looking to add not remove in those positions.

    how did duff play in his brief outing yesterday anyway lads? and what of zog no on the bench, just not picked or possible injury any one?


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