Danny Simpson has been a big part of Newcastle’s fantastic revival, since we were relegated in May of 2009.
Danny Simpson – wants European football - when will he sign new deal?
At that time things seemed all gloom and doom, but to think that a short 33 months later Newcastle are on 50 points, and joint 5th top of the league with Chelsea - nobody would have thought that was possible back in those dark days of hand wringing by Newcastle fans.
Newcastle brought in Danny Simpson on loan in that August, and signed him for a measly £500K from Manchester United the following January, and Danny has played 107 times for Newcastle with two goals and has been Newcastle’s first choice right back during that time.
But whenever we read interviews with Danny, as in today’s local papers, we wonder his plans are – does he want to stay at Newcastle or leave?
Let’s see what Danny had to say today about Newcastle possibly qualifying for Europe:
“It would be great for me,” “I joined the club in the Championship, we won the title.” “We had a steady season and finished 12th, and to get into Europe in my third season would be great.”
“It would be a massive achievement for me and the lads, and for everyone at the club. It would be great progress for us.” “We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing all season. “
“We were brilliant against West Brom, and we’ve got to go again against Liverpool. We’re looking for more of the same.” “We set ourselves targets with 10 games left, and we’ve won the first two of them.”
“If you’d have said at the start of the season we’d be eight points clear of Liverpool with eight games left, we’d be thrilled,” “When you look at the money they’ve spent, and that fact that they’re a massive club, it shows you we’re in a fantastic position.:
“In the last two games, we’ve really stepped up. We’ve set ourselves up for a great game against Liverpool.”
Liverpool have spent (wasted?) close to £120M in the transfer market in the time since Kenny Dalglish took over at Liverpool some 15 months ago.
And the former (unsuccessful) Newcastle manager is in need of some wins for Liverpool to justify all the big money he has spent on players, few of which have tuned out to be good buys.
That’s very unlike Newcastle, who in that same time frame, have acquired Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Gabby Obertan, Ben Arfa, Davide Santon and Sylvain Marveaux for around £25M in total.
And while those are good words from Danny Simpson above, when is the lad going to sign his new deal for Newcastle and commit to the club long term?
Danny’s contract runs out in about 16 months time, and Newcastle will sell him if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the summer.