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The wild side of Damien Duff and some random thoughts after beating Spurs

By Lee Ryder on Dec 22, 08 09:07 AM

We haven't experienced it on a regular basis on Tyneside but the wild side of Damien Duff is something I think most Newcastle United fans hope to see a bit more often in 2009.

OK, it was only a brief example of the damage Duff is capable of causing to teams and at the moment it's Joe Kinnear's choice to keep the Irishman on the bench, but letting him stew on the sidelines was either a stroke of managerial magic or we just got lucky against Spurs.

Either way, you have to take it and given that Newcastle have simply got unlucky or just down right nervous in the closing stages in recent home games - the goal against Tottenham was a welcome boost that most Toon fans will take very gratefully.

In typical Newcastle United fashion a few games after suffering some anxious thoughts about relegation and being the new Leeds - suddenly the top 10 doesnt seem too far away.

It's certainly one hell of a freak season in the Premier League but Kinnear and his troops can still use it to their advantage if they are crafty enough.

So getting back to Duff and that wild side.

Jumping around like a nutter and getting booked for overcelebrating is certainly more of what home fans would like to see at St James's Park.

And the way that he and Mark Viduka linked up in the dying stages also says a lot about the competition for places at United right now in certain areas.

It'll probably not last unless there are plenty of reinforcements in January.

Indeed this paper thin squad will always be skating on thin ice in terms of the back-up - but at the moment Kinnear has N'Zogbia and Duff battling for the left wing position and three or four strikers vying for two slots upfront while Steven Taylor is on the bench with Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini doing so well.

And get in a few decent signings in January, this is in danger of looking like a decent team despite all of the off the field turmoil that haunts the fans.

I can't wait to go to Wigan you know!

8 Comments

Danny said:

Couldn't agree more Lee!

I think maybe 3 plus players in January and solid ones at that and we are in danger of building a top 10 squad!

There seems to be a lot of teams struggling this year i the premier league, and, if were clever, we could use it to our advantage if we significantly strengthen...

I too, can't wait for Wigan!!

ronnie lambert said:

We've got to go to Wigan with the same mindset as against Portsmouth who frankly had more for us to worry about on recent performances. Our new 'solid' defence augers confidence to go for the jugular once we've sussed their rhythm, like a boxer. Even Liverpool doesn't cause me the same anxiety I would've had a few weeks ago. Happy holidays all.

DAVE ROBSON said:

I POSTED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS JIMMY BULLARD WOULD DEFINATELY BE ONE OF MY SIGNINGS, SWAP SMITHY FOR LEIGHTON BAINES,
THE TOON MAY NOT WIN ANY SILVER FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE BUT THEY PUT £200.00 IN MY POCKET ON MY SUPER SIX BET, GOD I LOVE EM.

DAVE ROBSON said:

I POSTED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS JIMMY BULLARD WOULD DEFINATELY BE ONE OF MY SIGNINGS, SWAP SMITHY FOR LEIGHTON BAINES,
THE TOON MAY NOT WIN ANY SILVER FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE BUT THEY PUT £200.00 IN MY POCKET ON MY SUPER SIX BET, GOD I LOVE EM.

tomfitz said:

Am I (and Martin Oniell) the only one who thinks Marlon Harewood is a quality Striker.
Michael Owen would love to have him up front with him.
Go on Joe see if you can get him Oniell owes us for the Milner gift.

Pedi said:

The owen contract delay isnt really a surprise but he thinks he's loyal by not wanting a move in jan and waiting til summer?
That probably does benefit us more by having a great goal scorer for the rest of the season, unless he gets injured again!

It also means his wages will be 100k+ p/w until summer rather than sign a new contract for less money now.
Afraid im not very optimistic about him staying, especially if he is not willing to negotiate on whats just been offered. If he did go who could we get that would be as good and at what cost?

I agree with Dave Robson, bullard would do a good job for us, jimmy gets back and goes forward, chips in with a few goals aswell. A full back for each side, attacking midfielder and another striker (while offloading smith/ameobi/viduka) make that 2 strikers. Or will all our transfer money go on the tribunal for jonas?

Tad Caster said:

Bullard for the fading Butt, the inconsistent Guthrie(who is, after all, learning the ropes) and the irrational - and slow - Barton. Yes please.

Anyone else watch the MOTD replays and think Enrique's 'bookable foul' on the whining Lennon was no worse than he foul that brought down Charlie just before he scored? He hardly chopped him down, Lee. bit of shoving by both of them then Lennon fell over the falling Enrique.

ROBERT WILSON said:

I feel if we can sign a new left back,a tried & tested ball playing central midfielder & a good target man, we can move up the premiership with a degree of confidence, COME ON THE TOON, NORTHEAST TOP DOGS AGAIN, ..MERRY XMAS LADS & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

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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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