Newcastle have some solid characters at the Tyneside club these days, which is a little different from our relegation season two years ago.
Danny Simpson challenges Darren Bent last Sunday
Danny Simpson, who turned 24 earlier this month, has often waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club since he first arrived on loan a year last August from Manchester United.
And it was a year ago that he made the move to Newcastle permanent, and although he didn’t get the wages he wanted at that time, he still signed along the dotted line, because he just wanted to play for the Newcastle club, and we always like to see that.
We don’t want mercenaries at the Newcastle club, who are just on Tyneside for the money, and we’ve certainly has a lot of them in the past.
Danny is now on the path to prove to a lot of people that he is indeed a top class right back, and since he returned from his ankle injury earlier this season, he’s looked good, and is still improving in that position.
Danny is also down to earth, and he still thinks there’s a long way to go, as he said today:
“I still don’t feel like I’ve established myself in the Premier League.” “This is my first proper season and it’s too early for me to be saying I’m a top flight defender now. I still need to improve and there are things I know I must to work on.”
“If I’m still in the team and we’re still in this division at the end of the season, maybe then I can start to believe I’m a decent player at this level because there were definitely questions marks about me at the start of the season.”
“I played injured for a lot of last season with an ankle problem and it was hard because I knew I wasn’t doing as well as I could. Some people were probably thinking I wasn’t good enough for the Premier League if I was struggling in the Championship.”
“Thankfully I had an operation in the summer and I’ve come through with flying colors. It’s the first time I’ve been a regular starter at this level, it’s also the first time I’ve been settled in years and I think you play your best football when you’re life off the pitch is good as well.”
Danny should get better and better as he gets more playing time at England’s top level, and indeed he was so impressive earlier this season that Fabio Capello had him watched and he was said to be close to getting an England call-up.
Andy Carroll needs somebody at Newcastle to accompany him on those future England call-ups, so Danny could do a job there, although of course we also have Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, who are good enough right now to be in the England squad.
Things certainly seem to be improving on Tyneside this season.
And a win this afternoon against Spurs will certainly bring back that feel-good factor to Newcastle, and we can all celebrate for a full 10 days, before our next game at Fulham in 11 days time.
Howay The Lads!!