Simmo injury a real blow for United
The news that Danny Simpson will miss the start of Newcastle United's return to the Premier League may well be a blow but while the popular full-back's injury misery is hard to take for fans and the player alike, it will open a door for somebody else to start the season and stake a claim for a regular place.
Simpson's efforts last season were fantastic and the fact he's played through the pain barrier epitomises his attitude at this football club, an unselfish act that deserves a lot of credit.
From time to time hacks are ludicrously accused of bumping up merit marks to those Toon players who are prepared to talk to journos after games but while Simmo is a top bloke that will always take the time to reflect and chat after games, his solid performances were there for all to see last season.
And it's that sort of attitude that will have him back in the first team in no time at all next season once he recovers from his ankle surgery.
It paves the way for two options at right-back in the first four to five games.
Ryan Taylor is - in my opinion - another solid and no nonsense battler that will come in and do a job for Newcastle, even if he has critics from certain sections of United fans.
Inconsistent could be the word some would use to describe his performances, but by the same token, he hasn't had a sustained run in the team nor his preferred position.
Perhaps this will be the chance for him to do that.
Or Chris Hughton may opt to start with Steven Taylor in his old position of right-back with Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini now a settled partnership (or judging by last term at least) it's an option indeed for the boss.
Either way, it all suggests that Hughton won't be in the market for a right-back this summer.
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