Ireland’s new manager Giovanni Trapattoni, has expressed his delight at the way Newcastle winger Damien Duff performed in the 1-1 draw with Serbia last Saturday.
Damien Duff – played great for Ireland on Saturday
The experienced winger has not featured much for Newcastle United this season, and that’s due to both a long term injury and loss of form, but we still think Duff has a future at the Tyneside club.
The Irishman played for the full 90 minutes on Saturday, which was Trapattoni’s first match in charge of the Ireland side.
Damien showed glimpses of his former self as he continually ran at the Serbian defense, and looked a dangerous player throughout.
Trapattoni said after the game:
“Damien Duff was extremely dangerous, especially in one-to-one situations,”
“He has worked very, very hard and that is impressive because I know he was a long time out injured.”
“Because he wasn’t playing as much as the others during the season I felt he needed to play in Portugal and against Serbia.”
“And we saw in the final moments of the game he still had the energy to go around players.”
“That will be very important for us.”
Damien has a first-class attitude to the game, and has said many times he wants to fight for his place at Newcastle in the new Keegan era, and regain his old form.
There’s been a lot of transfer talk surrounding Duff recently, and even reports that’s he’s even selling his house in Northumberland (we don’t know if that’s actually true).
But we’d like Damien to stay at the club, because we still think he can reclaim his old form for Newcastle under maestro Keegan. We need to keep all our good players and then augment the squad with 4-5 top players.
If players like Duff leave we’ll only need to replace them.
Remember, it takes a bit of time to come back from the dreadful injury Damien suffered with his foot a year ago last April.
What do you think?