Danny Simpson has talked today about his wish to stay at Newcastle United in the long term.
Danny Simpson feels he belongs on Tyneside
This has been a great move for Simpson so far and he is now desperate to join a club that has made him feel one of the family over the last couple of months:
“I feel comfortable here – I feel like I belong,”
“Going here, there and everywhere on loan is fine but after a while you want to put down roots and get settled. You just want to feel like you belong somewhere, like you’re settled somewhere. It’s good for your career as well because when you feel wanted and relaxed you play better.”
“I feel like I’m getting past that stage where I want to keep living out of a suitcase and get settled. That’s why it would be nice to make it permanent here.”
“I’m living in Newcastle and I love the place. I feel part of the team, the lads are great, the fans are amazing and the staff are brilliant too. It’s a great feeling and it’s what you want.”
Simpson has apparently been watched by Manchester United scouts since he signed for Newcastle, but it will be hard for Danny to break into their first team and play regularly.
When he was made available for loan in the summer, a couple of Premier League and Championship clubs bid for him, and one of them was Roy Keane of Ipswich, who signed him for Sunderland a couple of years back, when they themselves won the Championship.
Simpson would cost Newcastle around £1M and we’d get a very good player for the money, who already seems to be completely dedicated to the Newcastle cause, and he loves life in the City too.
And Danny is hardly hiding his ambitions to stay on Tyneside permanently, as he talked of his time at Newcastle:
“It’s gone quick. When we get back from the international break we’ve got a few games and before you know it, it’s December.”
“It’s a good thing if it’s going quick because it means I’m enjoying it. Manchester United haven’t said anything to me but I know they’re keeping tabs on me, like they do with all the loan lads.”
“There were a few bids from clubs at the start of the season and it didn’t work out for whatever reason. Now I have to wait until January to see what happens.”
“And if there’s a chance of making things permanent, I’d like that. You can never say for certain because you don’t know what might happen, but of course I’d seriously consider it.”
“I know what I’d like to happen but I can’t predict what’s going to happen in December because so much can change. I suppose I just have to let the people in suits do the talking.”
Simpson has looked classy at Newcastle, and he showed he will play anywhere to get in the side, as he willingly filled in well for Jose Enrique on Saturday. Danny’s a bit like his current boss – he just gets on with the job with minimum fuss, and those are the type of people we need at Newcastle, now more than ever.
“I don’t care where I’m playing – bring it on,” he added. I said to Chris and Colin (Calderwood) that I’m fine playing left-back – if they asked me to play in goal I’d do it!”
“They spoke to me the day before because Jose had been feeling his hamstring and I said ‘not a problem’. Obviously it’s different to right-back and it maybe restricts me a bit going forward if I have to switch to my right foot to put balls in but I think I did OK.”
“It’s good for me if I can play in several different positions. I know the manager likes players to be versatile and it gives me a feeling like I can adapt to play anywhere in defence – although I’d be the smallest centre-back in the world!”
“The most important thing is that the manager has faith in me. I feel like I’ve got that now.”
Simpson thinks that Newcastle can get out of the Championship at their first attempt, but the last two games have been frustrating when other teams have been off the pace, we could only draw against QPR and Bristol City at home.
Danny went on:
“We’re not going to have things our own way just because we’re Newcastle United,”
“It’s the ‘big game’ for every team in the division and they get up for it. Some players step up their game and perform well above their level – look at Bristol City’s goalkeeper on Saturday. And when that happens sometimes we just have to accept it’s not our day and try not to dwell on it.”
“Teams aren’t going to roll over at St James’s Park just because we’ve proved that we’re a good side. We’ve got to perform week in, week out because if we don’t then we’re going to get punished.”
“We weren’t really good enough against QPR. I thought that we did perform against Bristol City, the ball just wouldn’t go in the net for us.”
We are told Chris Hughton could have as much as £5M for players come January – so £1M for Danny Simpson would be good business, but that’s almost completely dependent on Manchester United.