There have been rumors all year that Danny Simpson may be leaving Newcastle.
Danny Simpson challenging Wayne Rooney last season
Where those rumors have come from we don’t know, but there was some news that Danny had been offered a five year contract on Tyneside, and that he still has to sign it.
And there were certainly at least a couple of reports in the local Newcastle press, that suggested he may have even left Newcastle this summer.
One report suggested that Aston Villa were close to signing him at the end of the summer transfer window, although why the Tyneside club would sell him with no cover lined up, we have no idea.
It seems that nobody bothered to tell Danny, since he came out a day or two ago, and said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle. Well that has killed that rumor we suppose.
This is what Danny said:
“As a footballer there will always be rumours or stuff being reported.” “You have to just stay focused and until you get a phone call from the club you are at or you sign on the dotted line elsewhere you have to ignore it.”
“I don’t pay too much attention to it.” “I have said I am happy here and I don’t know where the rumours come from, you just have to take it with a pinch of salt.”
“I was just sat watching the TV like everybody else, and seeing where some of my mates were signing.” “One of the best moves I have ever made is signing for Newcastle United.” “It has got better and better.”
“I am happy here and have two seasons left so hopefully I will keep playing week in, week out and something gets sorted in the future.” “It has been a great start to the season.”
“We could not have asked for a better start with the points we have and beating Sunderland to boot.” “In a way we were going so well, we didn’t really want an international break!”
“It has gave a few people time to rest and reflect on how it’s gone.” “With the QPR game being Monday we have a bit more time along with people coming back from international matches. Now it is about getting prepared for it.”
We have to hope that Simpson keeps improving this season, as he did last season, and as Newcastle build up their squad, he could still find himself under some pressure for his first team place.
And with 20 year-old Italian Davide Santon being able to play in both full back positions, if Newcastle should sign a full back this January, then Danny’s place will certainly be under pressure.
But the lad has done well since he arrived at Newcastle on loan in mid-August of 2009, when Newcastle were down in the Championship, and down in the dumps too.
And the former Manchester United player has been part of the successes the club has enjoyed over the last couple of seasons, and now the club is in so much better shape than it was back in those dreary, dull and depressing days in the summer of 2009.
Simpson has his doubters among the Newcastle fans, but if he can keep improving he can still become a Premier League class player at Newcastle.
He certainly has an excellent temperament, and for the record, Danny has 76 appearances so far for Newcastle with a single goal.