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I took a bit of stick when I said we'd done the right thing in selling him, but even duff's biggest fans must admit he's had a poor season for newcastle...like my feelings for maka, it in no way was meant as disrespect for what he did for chelsea...they have been superb for us, although i thought maka did all right for us yesterday, but no doubt the future is mikel...duffa was a shadow of his former self for us last season and it appears injuries have sadly caught up with him...top player when on form though

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I was disappointed when Duff was sold and we got Ballack. Ok, Ballack wasn't signed to replace Duff, but I was gutted to see one of my favourite players in that Chelsea squad leave and one of the players I had always hated with passion joining us. I've come to accept that it was probably the right thing to do to sell Duff, but I'm still not sure about Ballack. I don't hate him anymore, but I'm not a big fan of the man either. I have learned to tolerate the man while he has played for the Mighty Blues and maybe I'll even learn to like him. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to happen, though.

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I know Duffa's injury past isn't exactly brilliant, but I believe St James' Park is the only pitch build upon gravel - the rest of the Premiership clubs pitches are on clay - meaning it gives way. Such a hard, tough rock as gravel would mean HELL for your hamstrings. Its no coincidence that Newcastle players suffer a lot of injuries.

I reckon he would have played a bigger part this season, due to Joey and Arjen's injury woes. Such a shame, a good player and a model professional, I was sad to see him go last Summer.

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I've got a lot of time for Duffer. Terrific player. Great talent. Nice bloke. Worth 5 SWPs.

The days when he and Robben were playing on either wing for us were probably the last time we really played any sexy football.

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And if I remember correctly, we still got bo**ocked for being boring.

I miss the old Duffer, the one who'd beat a player just because he could, and wouldn't make a hash of it, unlike some Portugeezer I could name. If it wasn't for all those injuries, he'd be up there with Lamps and Drogs as our top scorer.

He looks well past his best at the Toon, even though he's one of their main attacking players there, along Martins and *gaspshockhorror* Milner.

Last I heard, he was a Sunderland target for next season, which is kinda sad. Consider this: Blackburn > Chelsea > Newcastle > Sunderland. How the mighty have fallen.

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I think he'd be only too happy to work for the greatest Irish player of his generation, as are the other 8 Irish players in the squad.

But you're right - it was big of Keane to forgive Niall Quinn his betrayel.

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duff adores roy keane- there would be no "forgiving" from him there. he's gone on record many times describing him as a legend.

it's not beyond the realms of possibility. keane's doing a great job, and it seems quinn is happy to put his hand in his pocket.

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duff adores roy keane

So do all football people in Ireland. It's only the "johnny-come-lately" middle class Dublin tosspots, journalists that like to lick their arses and Liam Brady that had a problem with Keane.

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Shame for Duffer, he really was a grat guy and player while here at the Bridge. His performances were never the same after his injury, and it does look like we sold him at the right time. Loved his goal against barca at the bridge, you could see how much it meant to him to score

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