We’ve been a little frustrated with Danny Simpson over the last year or so, because he has refused to sign his new contract that will keep him on Tyneside, but on the other hand, whenever he’s interviewed, he comes across as a smashing lad and a real team player.
Danny Simpson - in action against Braga
That’s one reason we’d like to keep him at Newcastle, even if he isn’t the starting right back in the future, because Danny always gives 100% for the side, and he’s not too bad a player either, and he’s continued to improve in the three seasons he’s been at Newcastle.
Danny is currently out with a hamstring injury, which is rare for the former Manchester United defender, and Vurnon Anita showed against Aston Villa that he’s more than capable of playing at right back, with an excellent performance, especially in that second half.
Young James Tavernier is also coming through nicely, and James has let it be known his number one ambition is to be a starter at Newcastle, and he shows great promise for the future, but of course at only 20, he’s still got a few rough edges, but Alan Pardew is a big fan of the Bradford-born player, who signed a new deal at Newcastle in July.
Danny Simpson knows all about competition for places, and he’s a real team player as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“That’s the whole point of having a squad – you can’t have the same 11 playing every game of the season.” “The gaffer has said that is why he strengthened the squad over the summer.”
“It may be young Tav, who has been around the first team for a while now, and has shown in pre-season what he can do.” “Sometimes you need a chance like this to step in and try to do a good job.”
“Or it could be Vurnon, who has been playing center-midfield but can do a job at right-back and left-back as well.” “He’s come in and slotted in straight away wherever he has played.”
“With all the games we’ve got coming up, with the Europa League on top of everything else, it’s good that we’ve got players who are quite versatile.”
It could be that Vurnon Anita is now the best right back at the club, although the Dutch International can play at left back and in either central midfield position – defending or attacking – so he’s already proving he’s going to be a great acquisition for Newcastle, once he gets used to the pace of the Premier League.
And to keep things interesting in this time of slack news over the International break (we’re sure you’ve noticed), we wonder who the best right back is at the moment at Newcastle - and we’ll keep young Davide Santon out of the voting, and assume he’s the starting left-back from now on.
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