Danny Simpson will be leaving Newcastle when his contract runs out at the end of June, but he will still likely start tomorrow afternoon at right back – with three Newcastle full backs – Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Davide Santon all out injured.
Simpson congratulating Tim Krul after 1-0 win in Kharkiv
And we expect Danny to put in a good performance too, just like he did when he played in the white-hot atmosphere of the Metalist Stadium in the Ukraine last month, when Newcastle came away with a great 1-0 win due to a well taken Shola Ameobi penalty, after the Nigerian born striker had been brought down in the box.
The defense that day played magnificently, with Tim Krul making four terrific saves to hold onto the 1-0 lead late in the game, and Danny at right back had a great game.
The 26-year-old defender will be keen to give a good account of himself, as he will be looking for another club in the summer, with his preference likely to be London.
This is what Alan Pardew told The Shields Gazette today:
“Trust me, he’s motivated to play well.” “To be fair to Danny, he’s trained really hard.” “I sort of tipped him off that he’s got a good chance of being involved this week, and he’s worked really hard.”
“He’s in an unfortunate position in terms of his contract, so he’s very hungry to get a new one, whether it’s here or somewhere else.”
Danny has played 133 times for Newcastle and scored two goals, since he joined us in the summer of 2009 on loan, when the club was down and almost out, and he helped us get straight back into the Premier League.
We expect either James Perch or Vurnon Anita to be left back – and who ever of the two that doesn’t start at left-back will likely fill the shoes of Cheick Tiote, who picked up an injury in training this week and will also miss the game.
The odds are against Newcastle tomorrow with six of our players being injured – Debuchy, Krul, Haidara, Santon, Coloccini and Tiote – not to mention Ben Arfa – whom Alan Pardew has said may even play against this season.
A draw would be an excellent result tomorrow – and we expect to see an all out performance from the lads – so we can collect some points to pull away from the relegation zone.
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