Danny Simpson should be back fairly soon from his rather severe ankle injury that he picked up over the last few games of last season.
Danny Simpson – fit again soon
And Danny has admitted today that he has been frustrated by his time in the recovery room at the Newcastle club, but that he has a new-found focus and determination in his battle to win back the right back position, occupied right now by the improving James Perch.
Danny told the Journal this morning:
“I’m the kind of person who wants it even more after a setback like I’ve had,” “I feel desperate to get back as soon as possible. I’m delighted the lads have started well and are picking up points and doing well – and I just want to be part of it now.”
“I’ve never really had an injury before and I miss playing so much. When you’re fit and playing you don’t realise how much it means sometimes but now I do.” “If anything this will make me stronger – I will come back better because of it I think.”
“I don’t want to put targets on the return date, but for me it’s just a case of getting back training, getting back with the lads and doing as well as I can when I get those reserve games under my belt hopefully towards the end of this month.”
“The whole injury thing has just come as a shock for me. I walked into the hospital at the end of the season having played against QPR and feeling OK, but I woke up after the operation to be told it would be six months.”
Simpson will face some severe competition for the right back position when he returns, with summer signing James Perch growing in confidence, and seeming to improve with every Premier League outing.
The former Nottingham Forest defender has settled down well at Newcastle, and although James can play in many positions, he is trying to make the right back position his own, but will face competition from Simpson, Ryan Taylor, and even Steven Taylor when Steven returns to the fray.
But Simpson knows that at a top club like Newcastle United, there will always be competition for places all over the pitch, as he continued:
“It’s good to have that competition because sometimes you can get complacent. Obviously now, as a defender, you can’t because we’ve got a very good squad.”
“It’s a big challenge for me to come back and win my place now. I can’t see the manager changing a successful team so I know that it will be quite a while before I’m playing again.”
“Whether my chance comes about through injury, suspension or in a cup game – I have to take it with both hands.”
No doubt Danny will get his chance once he returns, but credit to James Perch for slotting in so well at Newcastle at right back, so that Danny has not been missed so far this season.
And once Danny and Steven Taylor return from injury, and with Sol Campbell almost fit again, and playing tonight for the Reserve side against Liverpool at Whitley Park, it’s anybody’s guess what the best back four at Newcastle will be.
Danny, Ryan Taylor, James Perch, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Sol Campbell, Tamas Kadar and Jose Enrique will all want a starting position at the back, but there’s only four places available.
Any ideas what the best back four will be?