Mark Duffy continued to struggle this season as his new side, ADO Den Haag, were soundly beaten at the weekend once again.
Alan Pardew’s men lost out 3-0 to Dutch giants, PSV Eindhoven. It was Duffy’s first start for his new club after cutting short his loan spell with Stoke City to make the move to The Netherlands.
After leaving the Blades in the summer, Duffy has struggled massively this season. A miserable spell with Stoke failed to yield any sort of success, while Chris Wilder called time on his time with Sheffield United in the January window. Wilder admitting that Duffy had played his last game for the club.
It was a sad end for Duffy. A bust-up over a new contract with Wilder, ultimately proving to be the former Birmingham man’s downfall.
Struggling to make an impact
This weekend’s result for Den Haag shouldn’t come as a massive surprise. PSV are a giant of the Dutch game so a defeat is normal, to be honest.
However, the manner of the loss will have disappointed Alan Pardew. Furthermore, Duffy failed to have any sort of impact on the game. The Sheffield United loanee was withdrawn after just over an hour into the tie.
It now means that in three available games since moving to Holland, Duffy has failed to see his new team win. The best they have managed is a 0-0 draw with Vitesse. Coincidentally, Duffy wasn’t in the squad that day!
Hopefully, for Duffy’s sake, things will start to pick up for him. While his time with the Blades ended with an element of bitterness, he’s still a good midfield player.
On the other hand, he must be kicking himself at how things have panned out. While he struggles in Europe, the Blades are flying high and look on course to make the Europa League at the very least if things continue.