Danny Simpson only has himself to blame for being surpassed by Mathieu Debuchy for the regular right back slot.
Danny Simpson started the season at right back for Newcastle, playing very well and starting up where he left off in the last campaign.
However, since then he has let his form slide through a mixture of injury and inconsistency which has seen him replaced by Mathieu Debuchy, the French international right back.
Simpson has been out of action with a broken toe but he’s not exactly made it an easy decision for Pardew to get him straight back into the side, with his away from the field antics such as getting into fights outside bars.
He is a very good player who has been linked with moves to several clubs this summer, which now look all the more realistic but for the wrong reasons.
He seems so far off at the moment in terms of ousting Debuchy from the starting place at right back, it’s almost remarkable that he owned that position up to the point that he got injured.
It’s key to point out that he is still a very young man at 26-years-old but he seems a little too obsessed by his profile away from the field and his relationship with his high profile girlfriend.
It’s almost very similar to the way Roberto Mancini talked about Mario Balotelli, during the Italian’s time at Manchester City in the respect that young men with a lot of cash, forget about the importance of playing football, what that means to the fans and how they can go about their professional careers, except Simpson is more in danger of doing a Wayne Bridge than replicating the Italian.
Few would have argued against Simpson getting an England call up based on his form over the first half of the season but he looks a million miles away from the next squad and he’s been back fit now for well over a month.
He didn’t even make the match day squad for the win over Stoke last weekend so there must be something wrong with him if the alarm bells aren’t going off in his head big time.
The very reason Newcastle started looking at Debuchy as a replacement last summer and then in January was due to his refusal to sign a new contract, believing he was undervalued. It's likely though if he leaves the Toon he will have to make a step down.
It’s not rocket science as to how he goes about winning his place back. All he has to do is show a professional attitude on the field and work his socks off during training to prove that he’s just as good a player as Debuchy. It comes down to how much he really wants it.
There is competition in his position at both club and country level at the moment and he needs to buck up his ideas because if he goes through the rest of the season with the same attitude, the club will axe him, not offer him a new deal at the end of June and he’ll only have himself to blame.
Newcastle fans, what are your thoughts?
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