Danny Simpson was the first new player signed last summer, as he came in on loan in August from Manchester United.
Danny Simpson – something to prove next season
And today Danny has publicly thanked manager Chris Hughton, for the way he handled both himself and the Newcastle side last season.
Danny talked to Newcastle United TV this morning:
“Chris has been fantastic and I’ve got to thank him for giving me the chance to come here, first on loan and then the permanent move,”
“He’s been a different class all season and has kept a strong head all of the way through.” “There have been some difficult times but he’s kept us in the right frame of mind and has done a superb job.”
“I think I was his first signing during the summer and ever since then I’ve loved every minute.” “I’ve played almost every game and would like to think I’ve done well and repaid the faith he’s shown in me.”
23 year-old Danny Simpson has something to prove next season in the PL, and that’s to show he is indeed a Premiership class player.
It seems certain that one area Chris Hughton will scour the market for this summer is a top-class full-back who can challenge both Danny and Jose Enrique for a starting position in the Newcastle side next season.
And we wonder how Hughton will deal with Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor next season, and if Williamson continues to show the great form he’s be in this year, it may well be that Steven Taylor is moved to right-back.
And if that happens it would be by no means certain that Danny would be starting for Newcastle in the first few games of next season.
However, whatever happens Danny has made an excellent start to his career on Tyneside, with 41 starts and a single goal last season.