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Far from a Duff deal

By on Jul 30, 06 03:33 PM

It may have been 3-0 when Damien Duff reluctantly made way for Albert Luque on Saturday against PSV Eindhoven.

But the Newcastle United new boy more than played his part on his debut at St James’ Park.

Duff never stopped running on Saturday and showed why United wanted him so much from Chelsea.

It wasn’t just his fantastic dribbling, passing and crossing. But also his ability to shake off defenders and the genuine look of disappointment when the fourth official confirmed his number was up on the hour mark was an almighty encouraging sign.

Duff is here to play and that must be music to the ears of the Geordie faithful.

The Toon Army love to see players running at defenders, beating them and producing that killer cross - preferably with a respected number 9 polishing things off - could you say in Duff we have half of that dream in the bag already?

David Ginola - Stu Foster/Allsport Down the years United have almost afforded the same cult status to wingers as they have to the great number 9s themselves.

Names like Terry Hibbitt, Chrissy Waddle, David Ginola, Keith Gillespie and Laurent Robert have all had some truly sensational moments at United and that’s to name but a few.

Everybody has their favourite Toon winger!

One of my personal favourite moments was when David Ginola in one of his early games gave then Middlesbrough defender Neil Cox a near mental breakdown after a terrific showing at the Gallowgate back in 1995, culminating with a trio of step-overs before the laying the ball off.

Cox later claimed because he was on a yellow card he could do little about Ginola’s roasting - but the truth was he’d been ran ragged.

Now there isn’t a Geordie alive who isn’t willing Duff to join that legendary group of United’s wide men.

5 Comments

Ian Teasdale said:

I agree about getting Duff for 5M he is the bargain of the season.Give him 4-6 weeks to fit into the squad and if he stands by his own talk about finishing his career at ST James' park he will become a legend.

zorro said:

Duff was a snatch...a bargain....that lad will do good for us well done glenn...u know who we need.

angie said:

as a toon fan living in magalluf i am finding it very difficult to keep other team supporters beliving as i do in my team even though they admire me for my loyalty.i have been a toon fan since 1965 and will be till the day i die i just wish we could prove to others what a great team we are, bring back the entertaining football and forget formats

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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