Roeder urges Duff caution
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has called on the fans not to place too much pressure on Damien Duff.
Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has called on the club's fans not to place too much pressure on the shoulders of Damien Duff.
The Magpies pulled off one of the most high-profile transfers of the Premiership summer when landing Duff from Chelsea and the Irishman's arrival has raised expectation on Tyneside.
The 27-year-old has already been compared with Geordie legend Chris Waddle, but Roeder feels it is folly to make such statements.
"I can see why people are comparing Damien to Chris because he has a great left foot and is able to run at players and jink past them," said Roeder.
"But I would hate to see him tagged as another Chris Waddle because there has never been one, and never will be another one.
"The same applies to Damien. He is already a top-class player in his own right, and whatever he has achieved, he has done so on the back of his own ability.
"Before he went to Chelsea, and certainly while he was there, he has proven to be one of the best wide players in the world.
"We know the quality he possesses. He has shown it season after season for long enough now.
"I know he is the type of player our fans like to watch. I know who I like to watch.
"I'm certainly looking forward to working with him and sending him out in games for our supporters to enjoy his style of play.
"I can't wait to see him in our first game."
Duff is likely to make his debut in the upcoming friendly with PSV Eindhoven.
Reports suggest there could be an exit from Tyneside next week, with Brighton tipped to move for winger Martin Brittain.
The 21-year-old is currently on trial with The Seagulls and put in a fine display in the friendly win over Crawley Town.