Danny Simpson believes that this season’s Newcastle squad is stronger than the last, with the defender insisting that the players at St James’ Park are gelling perfectly after an undefeated start to the season.
Newcastle currently sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, with nine points from five games. The side got rid of big name players Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, but brought in a host of names to strengthen the side, bar a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll.
And Simpson believes that the fresh faces in the squad have made the Toon much stronger than when they finished last season with Barton and Nolan, striker or no striker.
“The squad is better all-round than it was last year. And I think we’ve got more belief, to be honest,” he told The Journal.
“We have more attacking options and while we’ve been very good at not conceding goals this season, when we do like tonight we are capable of hitting back.
“There’s been a lot of talk about us not scoring enough goals but we created a lot of chances.
“A few of the lads who came in look like they’re going to be really good players and they would be ready for the Premier League if they were called on.”
Simpson had to leave the USA pre-season tour early when his baby girl was born prematurely in hospital, and the 24-year-old says that having his daughter at home with him now will only make him more settled and a better player on the pitch.
“She’s home this week and I can’t wait. As I said at the start of the season, that’s all new to me,” he said.
“That stuff off the pitch was completely new to me but it’s settled down now and I can just concentrate on doing what I love doing.
“It’s just the late nights to worry about now with her but I’m not alone – there’s loads of lads having babies at the club at the moment.
“It’s a nice feeling at the moment – professionally and personally. We’re winning games, I’m playing, we’re keeping clean sheets and I’m a dad now too.
“Despite other stuff that’s going on behind the scenes, it’s looking good. I don’t really worry about that, to be honest.”