In our first game of the pre-season last Saturday, Damien Duff probably had his best game in a black and white shirt.
Â Damien Duff – best game ever for Newcastle last week and 3 goals
And we all know Damien is a good player, who for on reason or another hasn’t shown his sparkling play too often at Newcastle over the last two seasons.
However, with his well taken hat-trick last Saturday the fans were excited as to what Damien can produce for the team under Kevin Keegan this coming season.
Kevin used Damien as an example of what he wants the rest of his players to do.
Kevin talked today to nufcTV and said:
“It’s a chance for the lads to say to me ‘I want to be in that team come the start of the season.,”Â Â “It’s a new opportunity for everybody.”
“There are two or three at this club who feel they have not had a pre-season for two or three years because of circumstances beyond their control.”
“Damien Duff is a prime example of that and he was fantastic at Hartlepool last week.”
“For the players it’s an exciting time and for a manager you just stand back and say ‘show me what you can do.”
“And so far the training has been outstanding.”
“We have got a new fitness coach in and I think so far it’s been very hard but the lads have really enjoyed it.”
We continue to be amazed at how Kevin Keegan seems to be able to get the very best out of his players and Damien Duff is no exception, and while our squad is pitifully small, it now seems nicely packed with class.
4-5 good senior players are needed in the last 37 days of the summer transfer market, with perhaps a few youngsters also coming in, and then we’ll be in very good shape as squad.