Damien Duff has not played well since Newcastle bought him from Chelsea a couple of years ago, for a bargain Â£5M price tag.
Damien Duff – off form and injured for two seasons
Former Newcastle Academy manager Alan Irvine, who is now manager at Preston North End, brought Duff to England when he was at Blackburn Rovers, and thinks Newcastle fans will see a rejuvenated Damien next season.
He talked to the Sunderland Echo today:
“I thought he’d be brilliant for Newcastle, and, of course, he still can be,”
“He’s a very, very talented player. He’s had his problems with injuries, but hopefully they’re all behind him now and Newcastle fans will start to see the best of him.”
“I thought he’d be the type of player to excite Newcastle fans. He’s a player who really excites fans.”
“I spoke to him before he made the move, and recommended the club to him.”
“He’s been unfortunate with injuries, but that’s behind him. Hopefully he’ll have a really good pre-season, and he can show what he’s capable of doing.”
“He’s a very talented player, and very exciting. He’s a smashing lad, as well.”
“Unfortunately, the last few years have been dogged by injury, and I hope for his sake that he has an injury free year.”
It’s true that Damien has had many injury problems in his career, and certainly at Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.
And we don’t want to be too harsh on Damien, who is still a good player, but he hasn’t been worth the high wages, about Â£60K/week, we have paid the Irishman over the last couple of seasons.
It also seems that Mike Ashley is trying to get rid of those players who didn’t perform up to scratch last season, and Damien could still be one of them that we let go in the summer.
We’ll have to see just how much Kevin Keegan wants to keep Duff.
We have to point out we have nothing against Damien personally, who tries 100% in training and in games, but he just hasn’t shown his old form for two seasons while on Tyneside, and how long do you wait?
Damien is also quite injury prone, and doesn’t play too many games each season, at the best of times.
Duff has made just 44 starts, and 8 substitute appearances for Newcastle over the last two seasons, and scored just two goals.
What do you think?