Alan Pardew defended Danny Simpson as a player at Newcastle, and thinks Newcastle would not have had the defensive problems we had in the second half at Reading on Sunday afternoon, if Danny had been in the team.
Danny Simpson – contract runs out next summer
Danny will return and play at right back tonight, and although he can play in central defense, he will not play there tonight, according to the Newcastle manager.
But every time Danny’s name comes up, we remember he has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and could leave for nothing next summer, and other clubs can talk to him in January.
We hope that Newcastle can get down to business and get both Danny Simpson and Demba Ba signed up before the end of the year – but that’s unlikely to happen, from what we can tell.
This is what the Newcastle manager told the Shields Gazette today about Danny, who has been a solid player for Newcastle over the last three seasons:
“I just think he’s a good defender,” “I think he’s had some unfair criticism in terms of me improving the team by replacing Danny.” “I actually don’t agree with that, especially defensively.”
“We wouldn’t have had the problems we had at Reading in our 2-2 on Sunday, if Danny had been fit.” “Danny could play in central defense, but he won’t against Bordeaux.”
Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini will miss the game tonight, although Colo is expected to be in the starting line-up on Sunday afternoon to face Manchester United at home, and we’d be surprised if Steven plays in that game.
Negotiations on a new deal for Simpson started about 15 months but they completely broke down earlier this year, and it’s not known if a new offer will be made by Newcastle this season, probably not.
Danny may not be world-class but he’s a very solid player for the club, and always gives his very best and he’s a first class professional – we’d like to see him stay on Tyneside.
What do you think?
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