One player who will come in for no criticism from us next Monday, is Ireland International Damien Duff.
Damien Duff – excellent season at Newcastle
The Dublin born player hasn’t had a good time of it at Newcastle, since he was signed in the summer of 2006. But this has been his best season without doubt, and he’s already appeared 32 times for the team this year, and that’s 30 starts, and he’s scored 3 times.
That compares with 33 appearances (29 starts) and one goal in his first season (2006-2007), and 19 appearances (15 starts) and one goal last season.
The picture above is after he scored the winner in injury time, in the 2-1 win against Spurs last December.
And again Alan Shearer today has praised Damien for stepping in so brilliantly as a left-back in place of the injured Jose Enrique.
It was a hamstring injury to Jose Enrique that gave Damien his chance at left-back in recent weeks, and his performances have been excellent.
Alan Shearer paid a big compliment to Damien today:
“He’s been magnificent,” “We’re asking him to do a job which is slightly alien to him but you wouldn’t have thought so how well he’s played.”
“He’s looked like a natural and I couldn’t have asked for much more, either defensively or going forward.”
Damien needs another strong game against Villa, as he will probably be up against James Milner, and the very last thing we want to see on Sunday is James scoring against his old club.