Danny Simpson, Newcastle”s 24-year-old right back, will be sold by Newcastle in the summer, if he has not signed his new contract by then.
Danny Simpson – got maybe until June to sign new deal
That was made very plain by manager Alan Pardew recently, and come the summer Danny will have only 12 months left on his current deal.
And Newcastle will want to sell him then, rather than lose him for nothing in the summer of 2013, when he would become a free agent.
Not only that, but Newcastle would immediately bring in a replacement – at either left back or right back – since Davide Santon can play on either side.
As far as we understand it, the contract negotiations have been going on for quite a while now, and it was during the summer that news first broke, that he would not sign the new and improved five year contract, that had been offered to him.
To his credit, the contract negotiations have not affected his form this season, and he’s shown improvement over last season, and we think he can keep improving and become a very good player in the Premier League.
Danny has come out today, not for the first time, and talked in lyrical terms about the Newcastle United club – that’s the one he is refusing to sign a new contract for.
Here’s what Danny had to say:
“I don’t want to leave this club, I love it at Newcastle,” “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love it up here and I’m enjoying my time regularly. I’m settled up here with my family now.”
“The team are doing well; it’s a massive, massive club. We get 50,000 every week and my form has been good. Why would I want to leave?”
“I know the manager wants me to stay and I want to stay too. I’m confident that we will get something sorted in the summer because we both want the same things.”
“People are getting a bit worked up because the contract has not been signed yet, but these things take time to finalise.”
“It’s just a little bit disappointing that news of my talks have come out but deals are never done quickly.”
We don’t know what to think about the situation, because if he wants to sign a new deal why leave it until the summer, and of course it’s within his interests to work down his contract, because then Newcastle will get less for him in the transfer market.
That’s to Danny’s advantage because the less a club pays for him, the more he can expect in wages – that’s the way it works.
This could be a delaying maneuver by Danny, and we don’t think Newcastle will wait much longer than early summer, before they put Simpson on the transfer list.
You cannot blame the club either, because they need to know who’s going to be with them next season, and whether they need to bring in a replacement in the summer.
We have a feeling that Newcastle will again bring in around six players next summer, and if they are of the caliber of the players that arrived last summer, then Newcastle could become a top six side next season.
Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba are two of Newcastle’s best players this season, and young Davide Santon already looks star quality, and is potentially a big player for Newcastle in the future.
Add to that the youngsters who will be coming through even more so next season, like Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier, and the squad should be much stronger next September.
Whether Danny Simpson is part of that squad is completely up to him, and as far as Danny is concerned, the Newcastle train is leaving the station next June, with or without him.