Duff’s Disastrous Time With Injuries

Damien Duff has had a tough two seasons on Tyneside, since he completed his £5M move from Chelsea.


Damien Duff – disastrous time on Tyneside

Damien talked to the Newcastle Journal:

“I’ve had a disastrous time because of injuries so it’d be nice to find my best form again,”

“Things haven’t worked out for me but I still wouldn’t change anything. It’s been tough.”“

This time last year I was lying in a hospital bed and the surgeon said then it’d be a year before you feel remotely like your old self.”

“And it’s more or less a year to the day, so if there is a bonus to be had from this season, it’s that this time last year I was worried about ever playing again.”

“Now I am back playing.”

When Duff first came back in December, from his injury. he had a good run of games in the side. He started 14 games and was starting to show some of his old form, but then he lost his place again under Kevin.

Kevin of course famously went to his 4-3-3 formation, which in the end saved Newcastle from the relegation depths, and we started to climb the table, but there was no place in the side for Damien.

He was brought on as a substitute a few times by Keegan, and then started at Everton on Sunday, a clear signal from Kevin that he sees Duff in Newcastle’s future.

Damien also says Kevin is just great to work with, and the Irishman is certainly looking forward to continuing playing under the maestro.

“It’s been great working with him (Keegan), particularly as a forward player.”

“Just training with him every day and hearing his thoughts on different things is great.”

“ Obviously the gaffer was missing for a couple of days earlier in the week because he had to go to meet the owners.”

“I’m only going on what I saw on Match of the Day on Sunday night because he hasn’t spoken to us about it and we’re only going on what we read in the papers.”

“Obviously, anything can happen up there, even at the best of times. But we just have to worry about ourselves and get on with it.”

“As far as I’m concerned, the gaffer will be there next year.”

We hope that Duff can recapture his old form, because he is still a very good player.

We expect him to do just that, but if he doesn’t, it’s not for the want of trying, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Callum

    May 13, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I think its time to sell him, he’ll be 30 in a year and hes obviously lost his pace

  • Aussie Dave

    May 13, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Duff is a quality player, with a few games under his belt this season and a solid pre season should see him firing in august.

    Duff was outstanding at Chelsea when they played 433 so KK would see him fitting into his preferred system.

    Keep him, give him a solid run in the team and we will see the best of Duff.

  • Hadji

    May 13, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Major cleaning in Chelsea this summer,i hope we can get some of them.
    My choice would be Malouda&Ivanovic

  • tapir

    May 13, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    sell Duff back to Chelsea and swap with SWP
    good deal huh

  • Taiwantoon

    May 13, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Am I wrong to feel KK’s meeting with the owner has more or less unsettled the players?

  • dougnufc

    May 13, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Would love to get some Brum players such as Larsson and Zarate

  • Mehzeb

    May 13, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry to say, but Duff is past his best. He needs to be replaced in the summer, or be subjected to intense competition from someone top-quality, in that LM position. I’d personally prefer Aidan McGeady, but since Spurs are also after him (ala Woodgate, Modric, surprisingly, even Hutton) we may miss out on him too.


  • Mehzeb

    May 13, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Taiwantoon,

    Yeah, Zarate is quality indeed. But Al Saad want 18m for him, so that may be a steep task for us. Plus, any one of the top clubs may swoop for him, as they did with Tevez, and Mascherano from West Ham.

  • Eric

    May 13, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Anybody seen the crap about Owen in the Mail today? I sent in my email comment again but they have not printed it. They have no intention of printing the truth whatsoever. They say Owen will take a pay cut at NUFC. How do they know? Then they write Owen could probably go to Everton and take a pay cut to do so. Am going to send a letter to their editor claiming a breach of Section 1 (Accuracy) of the Press Commission Code. This lying rag of a toilet roll has got to be called to account. I hope Duff can get back his form and play a roll at NUFC too. We do need experience as well as younger pacier players. KK will get the right blend, but still want Charlie to stay as our first choice LM.

  • Mehzeb

    May 13, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Actually, dougnufc, Larsson is the only realistic target we have for that position. With Mort and Ashley constantly stating that we won’t spend big for the fear of becoming the “new Leeds”, our chances of attracting anyone from a decent club is looking very grim indeed.

  • Mehzeb

    May 13, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Eric, I know. It’s a shame that newspapers these days can get away with stuff like this. It’s a prime example of how irresponsible the journalism in the country has become.

  • GM

    May 13, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    time to join the paddy brigade at s’land, no pace cannot beat a drum let alone a defender long since past his sell by date, get as much as you can KK and get a decent left winger with pace and skill.
    See we got £6.5 Million for finishing 12th and £9.2 million TV revenue, add to that season ticket sales and the transfer kitty should be quite good especially if MA dips into his pocket.

  • Graeme

    May 13, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Duff probably only has next season to prove he has what it takes. He cant continue to live off what he did at Blackburn and Chelski

    If he cant produce the goods next season, sell him; if a good offer comes in for him, I would take it anyway!!!!

  • Nick Dryden

    May 13, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    duff has always been very one footed, always runs with his head down, has lost a yard of pace, is 30 next year, extremely injury prone, is on 70k a week and kept an in form nzogbia out of the team. was and is a totally unnecessary signing.
    we should not be buying from man u or chelsea. players that leave those clubs are only going one way.
    out should be smith, duff, geremi
    in should be pandev, veloso and brum’s larsson, muamba and zarate

  • dougnufc

    May 13, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15
  • figsdad

    May 13, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Get rid they talk about cutting the wage bill down..

    well duff on about 70grand a week so there is one who’s on big money..

    also Carr on about 50grand a week another one who’s leaving

    woo hoooo gets oot party hat…

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we have to give Duff another season. He’s shown some real brilliance, and if nothing else he can occupy several defenders at a time, leaving space for the likes of Owen and Martins.

    He is one-footed and perhaps not as quick as he was, but his crossing can be pretty good.

    Bottom line is: if KK reckons he’s worth hanging onto, I say ‘gaffer knows best’…

  • Punk Skunk

    May 13, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye Whumpie,
    most players are one footed aren’t they?..

  • Nick Dryden

    May 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    I know a lot of players are one footed, but Duff to me represents why we are in the position we are. He was a player on the way down who came here for daft money.
    Ashley is getting a lot of stick, but is it really out of order asking perennial sicknotes to try and survive on 80K a week!!!!!!!
    I personally don’t want to see any more Duff, Owen, Luque, Boumsong type signings. I would much rather see the likes of Kadar, Tozer and Kamblera ,come through.Having a wage structure in place is a sign of a professionally run outfit, unlike the scrap metal merchant who brought this club to it’s knees.
    Below says it all.


  • steve

    May 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    @Nick – agreed, I’d probably add Emre to the list of outgoings as well, he’s forever injured and is on high wages. so thats…

    Geremi (although he’s been pretty decent in the latter part of season – other than dead ball situations)

    Unfortunately some of these will just sit out their contracts as it’s unlikely another club will pay them as much (roz, cacapa)

  • bailey

    May 13, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    The sooner NUFC pull their finger out and get Owen to decide his future once and for all the saga will go on and on just as in previous seasons until we are all heartily sick and tired of it which I know a lot of people are already anyway including me.

  • Leo

    May 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    hmm im undecided on this one to be honest, would like to see how good he can be if he gets a pre season under his belt, because i dont think he has done that bad considering the horrific injury he had, people tend to jump on backs real quick

    its not just newcastle. did anyone read the fact that manchester united fans were booing and heckling ryan giggs this seasons because they thought he was past it and the only reason he was playing was to get the appearance record

    then at the end of the season they were praising him singing his name etc…

    if that was us doing so, it would have been the full back pages in the newspapers devoted to how poor the nufc fans are

    the other side of me does want him to leave, hes going to be 30 and is only going to get slower.

  • Elliott

    May 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Steve I dunno Roz will play in the Euros and someone desperate will snap him up.

  • Elliott

    May 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Duff can go, get someone younger and faster who can cross a ball first time.

    We really miss that. Balls being whipped in early. Gillespie, Robert, Nobby, Ginola all used to whip it in at the right time. Zog used to be ok a couple of seasons ago.

    Milner and Duff do my nut in. Beat man, check back, check again……cross.

    Having played as a striker it’s the most infuriating thing when wingers do this, you lose the momentum of the move and unless you have midfielders thrusting into the box late (which we dont), these delayed crosses give the initiative to the defence and even if they do connect you’ll rarely get a decent header as you’re not coming onto the cross as you’ve checked your run 4 times already.

  • clinta

    May 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    fair comment ed, i do like the guy and he has had a lot of bad luck, but through it all has battled on but i’m in agreeance with many that i don’t think he’ll do much for us in the coming years and will never again show the us his best- past it so we should sell him on if we get a good price, and buy his mate dunne with the cash.

    although with our squad fairly slim, especially if zog goes we’ll probably keep him as back up which wouldn’t be at all bad i guess.

  • Ian

    May 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Duff isnt a bad player, but he doesnt get any goals, we have to score at least three or four goals per season from every midfield player, and possibly one or two from some defenders to be high up the table, we cant rely on strikers goals alone.

  • Ian

    May 13, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Ps should be many goals!!! M key failed!!


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