Talking About Simpson – Who’s Newcastle’s Best Right Back?

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.

Who's The Best Right Back At Newcastle?

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15 comments so far


    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Tavernier seems to get good reviews off everyone and is only young so maybe thats why we were holding off debuchy?


    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    simo for me is best… anita has still no proved his best at right back… stll needs games to play

  • Grafton83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Tav still needs at least another year playing in cup matches and prob europa league as well until he can really be considered for 1st team. He didn’ play that well in Greece and the Prem is a big step up from those games.

    As for Simpson I like him, he does a job and he does it reasonably well. I would offer him a decent contract (not sure whats been offered already). I think he’s worth it but I wouldn’t break he bank for him.


    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

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    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Simpson may be sold in January!


    Anita used to play right back for Ajax and has played for the Dutch National team in that Position! Like all new foreign transfers though he will need to adjust to the Prem League.

    Simpson is another story! In the last weeks from the start of the season there have been question marks about the form and commitment of some of the first team ! Compare , if you will the start of last season to the start of this one!

    Quite simply there are better players than Simmo out there and if contract negotiations don,t result in him signing a deal then he may leave for Nowt when his contract ends!

    And then someone will have to be signed as a replacement !
    Anita, however given time will develop into one of our best signings! Just give him time!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Simmo is a good, solid pro, but is not a top fullback in my view, if he was then fans surely would not have been so taken by Anita’s performance there against Villa. Danny Simpsons future will be a barometer for Newcastles” progress. From what I’ve seen he’s a worthy squad player in a top 4 team.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought Anita sought reassurances from Pardew that he would be used a a CM and not a RB. Obviously he is expected to fill in when injuries occur but I don’t think he’d accept it as his main playing position over a long period of time.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    The modern full back need to be solid in defense but offer an attacking threat. Simo is average in defense and offers nothing going forward. Should be a starter for a championship side or at best prem relegation fodder.

  • Levi

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    i agree with those who say there is better right backs then simmo but there is also better passers then cabaye. i think simmo is a good player. and if we sign a fullback would rather it was a left footed left back.

    players who can play right back and do a decent job:
    steve taylor

    left back =

  • pbNcl

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I Voted anita. Only seen him briefly there but I know my stuff haha

    Then simpson who gets a big hug from me, cos everybody’s mean to him and he’s a good kid

    Then perch, cos perch is a monster. Second best tackler in the team after tiote. Them two lads will wipe you out. Clatter!

  • pbNcl

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Hardest tacklers I should of said. Cococinni’s interceptions and timing is immense. Love his doublefooted blocks an all. King colo!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    So Anita is winning the poll after 45 mins against a poor Aston Villa side? hmm.

    Simmo gets my vote, solid defender, just needs to work on his play going forward.

  • Premiership Manager

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #13

    A pointless post. Simpson has started every game when he has been fit and has been very unfairly critisised because of mistakes made by either the midfield or covering for Williamson.

    He’s not a flashy defender he just simply gets on with it. Playing with taylor and colo at the back he is happy to bomb down the wings but with willo he’s aprehensive.

    There aren’t many players in the league who made more goal line clearances last year so I for one hope he gets a new contract.

  • numba9

    Sep 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Put SanTon right back and guti left with Marv in front of him Benny roving aIbout behind a lone front man cisse on form but ba at mo

  • numba9

    Sep 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Or Ferguson with guti in front he would help bring him on and give balance


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