Alan Pardew has a decision to make tomorrow as to who he starts at right-bank for Newcastle, given that French International Mathieu Debuchy has served his one match ban after being sent off in the 6-0 trouncing against Liverpool.
Danny Simpson – start him tomorrow
Danny Simpson will be leaving the club this summer, when his contract runs out, so the future of Newcastle is with Mathieu Debuchy at right back – that’s true.
But when you look at the game Debuchy had against Liverpool (poor) and the game that Danny had in the 0-0 draw at West Ham last Saturday (solid) – Danny should be preferred tomorrow and deserves to keep his place.
Danny also has stacks of Premier League experience, and he’s never let Newcastle down and has played for a long time with the two center-backs Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today about the situation:
“There’s a decision to be made.” “Danny was absolutely fabulous at West Ham.” “There have been a few negative things said about Danny.”
“But when we’ve really needed him, he’s come to the fore.” “He played a lot last year in that top-five run.” “He’s been a terrific servant for us.”
Alan has to play his best team tomorrow and if it means for this game or the last two games even, that he plays Danny Simpson – for his extra Premier League experience and the fact he’s in good form – then so be it.
Danny has played 84 times in the Premier League for Newcastle over the last three seasons, and Mathieu has played 12 times for Newcastle since arriving in January.
And Mathieu will have ample time in the seasons ahead to rack up some first team appearances for Newcastle, but we must get a result at QPR tomorrow, if we are to stay in the Premier League.
That’s job one at Newcastle – in fact it’s the only job that matters right now.
Play Danny Simpson at right back tomorrow.
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