We’re not sure how many more games Danny Simpson will play for Newcastle before the end of the season when his contract runs out at Newcastle, and he is likely to leave for pastures anew – and he’ll probably end up in London where his new girlfriend, Tulisa Contostavlos lives.
Danny Simpson – will leave Newcastle this summer
Newcastle have been trying to get Danny to sign his new contract for almost two years now, and by all accounts it’s a good deal for Danny, but he hasn’t signed it – although whenever he’s been interviewed in the press, he nearly always said he wants to stay at Newcastle.
Because of the uncertainty of his position and to improve our defense, which even now is leaking too many goals in the league, Newcastle brought in long term target Mathieu Debuchy last month, and he’s looked the part in the Newcastle first team.
But Danny came in against Metalist Kharkiv last week and played an excellent game in the 1-0 win – and that’s a reminder to Alan Pardew that he’s not a bad player.
This is what Danny told some of the local press today:
“I’m a professional footballer and I’m a Newcastle player now.” “There’s three months to go and all I can do is train hard every day. I said to the manager whatever happens – injuries, suspension or whatever – he can rely on me if he does need me.” “That’s all I can do, concentrate on training, and if I do get picked for the Europa League I’ve got to perform.”
“Once the manager picks me and I’m on the pitch it’s up to me to show what I can do. We’ll just have to see in the summer what happens.” “It’s been a tough few months but I’ve got a good relationship with the manager who knows my situation with the club.” “I’m the type of player who trains hard no matter what’s going on.”
“I think the manager might have seen that and maybe that’s why he gave me the nod in Kharkiv.” “Hopefully I’ve staked a claim a little bit in this competition in Kharkiv or at least given him something to think about. It’s massively important for me.” “It was good to repay him by playing my part in getting a win.” “We had a game plan and it worked down to a tee.”
“In the first 20 minutes we had a good spell. They were the home team so we had to deal with their pressure but I think just before the penalty we were starting to get into the game more and it looked like we were going to get a goal.” “Then in the last 20 minutes you have to dig deep and defend.”
“That’s what we did. If they did get through us, Tim stopped everything.” “Every away game in the Europa League is tough and away goals are massively important. We knew it was going to be tough because they’re a good little team.” “But the game plan worked and once we got the goal we knew we’d have to dig in deep and defend as a team, all 11 of us and the subs. It’s a nice feeling to get through to the last 16.”
Those are good positive words from Danny – and he seems to be a good professional.
Danny was injured in the terrible 7-3 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December, when he picked up a foot injury, and the Newcastle squad was down to the bare bones. But after an excellent January transfer window and players like Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye back from long term injuries – the Newcastle squad looks as strong as it’s been for years – and Ben Arfa is back for the game at Swansea on Saturday.
Danny should play in some of the European games, but as far as the Premier League goes we cannot see him making many more appearances, with Debuchy and Yanga-Mbiwa both ahead of him in the pecking order.
For the record Danny has given good service to Newcastle since he joined us in the summer of 2009 after our relegation – when we were down and out – and he’s played 132 times for the side with two goals – he helped us back into the Premier League and we solidified our position in it.
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