DANNY Simpson is set to start the season in Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United side – despite uncertainty over his future.
The defender is entering the last year of his deal at St James’s Park after contract talks broke down late last season.
And Simpson’s future, with no new discussions on the horizon, seemingly lies away from Tyneside.
However, Pardew has every confidence in the right-back, who featured heavily in United’s pre-season campaign.
The 25-year-old is likely to start against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park tomorrow.
While Simpson’s contractual limbo is far from ideal for player and club, Pardew does not think it will affect him on the pitch. “He’s only got one year left, and the contract we offered him he didn’t think it was right,” Pardew said.
“We haven’t had a bid that has been right for him, so he has stayed here.
“He has to earn a contract with us – or with another Premier League club, which he’ll definitely get.
“So we’ll have to wait and see. His attitude has been first class.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle, up to now, have been frustrated in their attempts to sign a right-back.
The club have had a bid turned down for Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy, and it remains to be seen whether they will return with an improved offer.