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Simpson set for Blackburn loan switch

Posted by nickogs20 on August 3, 2008

New Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince has wasted little time returning to the club where he made his name as a player in search of defensive reinforcements, with Reds right-back Danny Simpson set to move to Ewood Park on a season-long loan deal in the next 24 hours.

Simpson has impressed during the first-team’s pre-season programme thus far, particularly in Saturday’s game against Espanyol, but with Wes Brown and Gary Neville set to duke it out for the right-back berth this term Sir Alex Ferguson has clearly decided that going out on loan will be of much greater benefit to the 21 year-old than sporadic first-team opportunities and regular reserve football at United.

It won’t be the first loan spell of the young Mancunian’s fledgling career, but after spending time in the Belgian second tier with Antwerp and in the Championship with Sunderland and Ipswich, the move 20 miles north to one of United’s Premier League rivals represents a significant step up in quality. Danny has of course featured in a handful of top flight games for the Reds, but this move will be his first opportunity to get regular football at the highest level, and he only has to look at how his good friend Jonny Evans fared in similar circumstances last season to see the potential benefits.

With Ince arriving at Blackburn this summer to replace the Eastlands-bound Mark Hughes, the setup Simpson will soon be part of is something of an unknown quantity. Rovers had a strong 2007/08 campaign, but star performers Brad Friedel and David Bentley have already left the club, while there are still major question marks over the future of last season’s top scorer Roque Santa Cruz. How Ince spends the sizeable fee recieved for Bentley and whether he can keep hold of his Paraguayan centre-forward are likely to be the key factors in determining whether Simpson is part of a squad pushing for a European place or struggling in the lower reaches of mid-table.

Danny will likely be competing for the right-back position at Ewood Park with Andre Ooijer and Brett Emerton. Getting into the team certainly isn’t going to be easy, but Sir Alex wouldn’t sanction the move if he didn’t think the player would be able to get regular football. Both Ooijer and Emerton are somewhat long in the tooth and are also liable to be called upon to fill other positions in the side, so there is definite opportunity for Simpson to force his way into the Blackburn first-team – after that it’s up to him to stay there. The incentive (in addition to short-term ‘success’ with Rovers) is an obvious one – with Gary Neville coming towards the end of his career, a strong season at Premier League level could go a long way to establishing Danny as a serious contender to replace the United club captain at right-back long-term.

We’ll have regular updates on Danny’s progress at Blackburn throughout the season, as well as all our other loanees.

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One Response to “Simpson set for Blackburn loan switch”

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