It’s not only Kevin Keegan that has been delighted with Damien Duff’s form so far this pre-season.
Damien Duff – had great game last Saturday at Hartlepool
Ireland’s new Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni was only too happy yesterday to stress the vital role Damien Duff can play in Irelandâ€™s World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Italian has already been impressed with Duff’s play over the summer for Ireland, and was delighted with the top form the Irishman displayed last week for Newcastle at Hartlepool, with a very well taken hat trick and some great wing play.
Giovanni will be hoping Damien can settle in at Newcastle this coming season and return to his old exhilarating form.
Certainly Kevin Keegan, the Newcastle United manager has already spoken highly of the Irish wingerâ€™s impressive pre-season for the club so far – which included a hat-trick against Hartlepool last Saturday â€“ and probably his best performance yet for the Newcastle club.
Keegan said yesterday:
â€œDuff is very important because he has huge international experience and a good personality,â€
â€œAs an opposing manager I would be afraid of him.”
“He can play left or right and, for us, and we need that type of player.”
Liam Brady, one of Irelandâ€™s all time gifted international players, is now assistant to Giovanni Trapattoni for the Ireland National team.
Lliam said that over the next few weeks, Trapattoni and his assistants were intending to watch some of the players who were absent for the end of season training camp in Portugal, and the friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.
Brady said yesterday:
â€œWe plan to see them all in pre-season before Giovanni names the 22 who will go to Oslo for the friendly against Norway next month.â€
Brady also had good news about Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Shay Given, who has already played for Ireland 85 times, and who now seems to be finally over his injury problems of the last two seasons.
â€œI spoke to Shay and heâ€™s confident that he will be fit for the game in Norway,â€
Shay and Damien can be two top players this coming season for the Tyneside club, in what we hope will be a huge Newcastle revival, which is so long overdue.