Danny Simpson is on loan at St James’s Park from Manchester United and his loan spell ends on January 1st next year.
Danny Simpson – Blackpool was only a blip
When the new year rolls around, Danny will have some big decisions to make, and they will not be all his own, since it will depend on what the Red Devils want to do with their player.
But we would hope the Salford-born 22 year-old could at least stay on loan on Tyneside through the end of the season.
Newcastle hugely disappointed at Blackpool in mid-week, and seemed to miss the driving force of Alan Smith in central midweek, but Alan is back for the visit of Plymouth this afternoon, clean shaven now, and surely he will be straight back into the side.
Simpson said today:
“We’re keen to prove the Blackpool game was just a blip. It wasn’t a nice feeling to lose down there after doing so well over the last five or six weeks. We don’t want that feeling again soon.”
“Hopefully we can put things right against Plymouth. It’s difficult to put your finger on what happened. You have to give them credit, they played out of their skin, we didn’t handle them as well as we should.”
“Blackpool probably set a higher standard against us than other teams have done so far. We have to make sure we get back on another long unbeaten run.”
“I’m loving every minute of it at Newcastle. I’m really glad I’m up here playing in a team which has confidence and is challenging to win the Championship.”
“I’ve probably had more loans than anyone else in the country over the last couple of years . Hopefully all the loan spells will do me good in the long run. I’ve had to adapt to a different environment, staff and teammates.”
“I’m enjoying my football and I feel comfortable here, but I’m not making any big decisions. We’ll see what happens in January. At the moment I’m just glad to be playing first team football again.”
“I’ve learnt a lot at Manchester United from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Obviously Sir Alex Ferguson has been great as a manager as well.”
“But going out on loan opens your eyes to new ideas and styles. Playing under Roy Keane was great and Sam Allardyce had a lot of different ideas.”
“But I’ve been frustrated at times because I went back to Manchester United and it looked as though I was going to get my break into the first team.”
While we would normally expect a fairly easy 3 points today, nothing is normal at Newcastle these days, and certainly the display of the lads in midweek was surprisingly poor, and simply not good enough.
And Newcastle fans still need convincing this promotion drive is for real this season.
A good win this afternoon will help convince them of that against a team that has only 2 points from 7 games, has lost 5 league games in a row and are now rock bottom of the league.