Newcastle’s Danny Guthrie An Enthusiastic Lad


Not all Newcastle fans are convinced the signing of Danny Guthrie is a good one for the club.

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Danny Guthrie – challenging Kieran Richardson of Sunderland

The thinking is probably that if he’s not good enough to even get a place on the bench at Liverpool, how can he be good enough to get us up to 5th place in the league?

One thing we’ve learned about Danny since he signed last night is that he’s a very enthusiastic young lad, and is also a flexible player in that not only can he play in central midfield, but can also play on the wings.

That will certainly help him get more games on Tyneside next season, when we expect him to be a fringe player as he gets better and continues his football education.

Kevin wanted the lad, and he’s got good  judgement when it comes to picking out players, so signing Danny is just fine with us, especially since he’s just turned 21 and should only get better.

One of the things Kevin demands from his players is to be upbeat, and then anything is possible, because the last thing you want in a game is for heads to drop, when things get tough. Just look at how the lads reacted when we were 2-0 down at West Ham last season.

We think Danny has come to the right club, because Kevin’s very positive attitude along with Danny’s enthusiasm, could ignite the youngster, and we have a sneaking suspicion he could turn out to be a much better signing than most fans believe right now.

Twelve of Danny’s 28 Bolton appearances came in central midfield, and the rest came on either wing, so that may help Keegan to dispense of Charles N’Zogbia in the summer.

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N’Zogbia – wants a move to London – that should settle his homesickness

Charles has already put out a statement basically inviting Arsenal and Tottenham, or any other London club,  to bid for him, and there’s always been question marks surrounding the Frenchman’s attitude.

Keegan doesn’t want anybody with him that doesn’t want to be at the club, and if Charles really wants to go then so be it, we should sell him – just as long as we get a good price for the 22 year-old.

His reasons for leaving are also somewhat strange, as the Newcastle Journal points out today.

He left home to join Le Havre when he was just 16 years old, and now he wants to go to London, a big city that he has never lived in – and he says he wants to do all this because he is homesick at Newcastle? Go figure.

We think Charles noticed  that Kieron Dyer was allowed to leave last summer to be nearer his family (who are in Ipswich mind you), and that’s why he’s saying what he’s saying.

If there is any doubt about Charles wanting to stay at Newcastle, we should let him go.

We like having lads like Danny Guthrie around with their positive attitude, simply because they want to be at the club. That’s especially important when we have a manager, who is somewhat enthusiastic and positive seemingly every minute of every day.   😀
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31 comments so far

  • geordie in taipei

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Wall V !

    Im sure we will sign more players in the next few weeks. And Guthrie seems to look like on for the future….more medium term than long like some of the young ones we’ve got.

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Our interest in Guthrie was first reported over a month ago. He apparently turned down the option of going to Bolton at that point, preferring to have the chance to move here. He’s showing the right attitude and desire to play for the club. It doesn’t seem to be fuelled by money – more likely a young guy just trying to prove himself. So far so good…

    Let’s hope he can do it on the pitch

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  • meiny_obano9

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    i wasnt convinced at first but after speakin to a couple of my mates about guthrie i think that he can be a good signing as he is a hard working box to box player. also his comments show that he wants to play for the toon and that can only be a good thing

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Ok, good squad player and the perfect replacement for zoggy since he can also play on the wings.

    But we need at least 2 solid central midfielders and my dream would be to have inler and seb larsson.

    then we need now a backup for enrique, since zoggy will leave and was also able to play back there.

    at the end we shall spend big good money to solve our defender problem. we need an experienced one!

    if there’s still some money go and buy a young and hungry striker as a replacement for shola/smith (=derdiyok).

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  • The real big AL

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he’s a decent signing, after hearing what some liverpool fans have to say. couldn;t break into a midfield of alonso, gerrard mascherano etc. but i don’t think any of our current midfielders could break into it either!!! keep on bringin in the young squad players to compliment the big signings you’ve got lined up Kev!!!!

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  • newcastle mad chris

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    He played well for bolton last season and I think he will be a good buy for us but now i want us to buy seb larrson and inler and deryiok and airmar anyone agree with me

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  • dan_from_france

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    glad to sign him but get rid of mr n’zog cant stand him no body in france even knows who ihe is and i cant really see him go to spurs or l’équipe de france en angleterre ( arsenal) they dont need them both them signing modric and nasri a full french intenationl. personally i think he is a good player on his day but he lacks commitment and no one is gonna want him so good luck finding a new club mon ami.

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  • The real big AL

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    dan from france brought up a very good point there. the zog is shoutin his mouth off bout wanting to go to arsenal or spuds but they don’t want or need him. if he wants to move to london he’ll have to set his sights lower, maybe fulham or west ham, but he aint gonna get his ‘dream move’ to arsenal!

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  • beye the great

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    i htink guthrie is a bad signing though i will show my support as kevin keegan has never made a bad signing

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    no newcastle mad chris i dont agree with you, forget Aimar

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    forget zoggy too, he will jump ship as soon as the opportunity arises.

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  • thelongshanks

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Get rid of zog cant standing moaners.We sud get at least 6m for him since he aint english which would have put him in the 10m bracket. I still think we need a LB, CB, DM, AM, LM ,STK – WOULD LOVE shorey, collocini, inler , larrson and deridok for those positions.I also think milner could be a great attacking midfileder.

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  • bailey

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Smith is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude. If that was all it took to be a good footballer plenty could do it. That is not enough though is it.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    I think this lad does deserve a chance..I was dissapointed yesterday and was maybe a bit unfair on the player.

    When keegan came back to newcastle i was sure he was lured by the fact mort and ashley where going to give him a decent transfer kitty to play with..I just hope they will back him with some bigger names (not kaka and messi types) just proven good players of the same type as sidwell and crouch that seem to elude us right now.

    I love Newcastle and I think with investment and Keegan at the helm we really could push on but at the moment I just feel that ashley is still unsure what he wants to do and i am not alone in feeling this unrest.

    I mentioned yesterday that this is a blog If we all agreed with everyone it would be a pretty boring place..so lets all enjoy the banter..have a good weekend fellas.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed, you sum up the Zog position well. As they said in the WWII German navy Zog you are zunk! Time for him to go because he has “attitude”. Hope Guthrie turns out to be a good buy – but if and when Zog goes we still have Duff. So, Milner on the left? Zog is putting himself in the shop window. What an attitude. I saw some of the shops in Amsterdam!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    PS Geordie in Taipei the wall virgin stuff is reserved strictly for cool dj..i will not tell you again !! : )

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  • cooldj

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    your turn will come jason 😉

    pretty sure zoggy wants to leave ‘because there are more flights to france from london’ . duff hasn’t done it yet and zoggy is one of a handful of players with pace to burn so i really hope he stays as i think to find an equivalant replacement would cost more than we would get for charles.

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  • Sav

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    The problem for Zog is, if he was half as good as he thinks he is, neither Arsenal nor Spurs could afford him.
    Put a price on him, Kev, and let him see he’s more in Fulham or West Ham’s bracket.
    Then he can either knuckle down and earn his Toon wage or Zog off!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Bang on Sav!..You read my mind!.. 😀

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Cool DJ : )

    I would prefer to keep Charles but his attitude does remind me of the Dyer and Jenas and I can’t see Keegan allowing anyone in his squad that has a bad attitude…I don’t know Charles personally and it maybe the media making things up to try and unsettle him…I certainly can’t see him making a big impact at arsenal apart from when he gets a place on the bench for carling cup games.

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  • cooldj

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    now that fernando’s gone we can admit that i don’t believe he would be a first teamer at tottenham although when at his best he is dangerous.

    here’s a question for anyone, i was thinking about it last night. how many of our players could be a first teamer at any of the top 4 clubs. arsenal might want martins but would he be ahead of adebayor and van p?? would given or harper get in ahead of reina or almunia?? habib beye for boswinga or brown perhaps?? there aren’t many that’s for sure

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Given/Harper, Owen, Martins, Beye, Milner,
    Butt, also, strangly, Smith!..
    (he played there)

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  • Martin

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    I can understand why Newcastle fan’s felt a little underwelmed by Guthrie’s signing – But, the fact is, Keegan seems to be thinking about things financially, which although this can sometimes leave us feeling a little disapointed is actually spot on!

    We were after Turan, his price sky-rocketed, but instead of chasing him regardless, we brought in another player who seems to be of a fairly similar standard, for a 10th of the price.

    Then take Guthrie, we wanted Sidwell, box to box midfielder with a lot to prove, but coming from Chelsea meant his price was 5m – Instead we got Guthrie, similar vein to Sidwell but more than half Sidwell’s price and 3 or 4 years younger!

    I think Keegan’s looking at our signings and thinking – Are they worth the extra couple of million…Hopefully this season we’ll find that the players we shunned/shunned us or not!

    I do however, think we need a couple of flagship signings, something to the fans genuinely excited – Inler would do this! Derdyok would do this to an extent and Aimar however decent a signing he would be, would deffinately create a bit of excitement in the N/E!

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  • mikeygd

    Jul 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    bullard for me please and inler

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  • hayward

    Jul 12, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Guthrie was apparently only one million so a good solid player at a great place. he prob wont set the place alight but for that price hes a good squad player.

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  • Michael

    Jul 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Guthrie isn’t a replacement for N’zogbia. N’zogbia has pace and trickery which Guthrie doesn’t.
    He has been used on the wings out of necessity as opposed to actually being a good winger.

    I think some people are getting a bit over excited about this signing. He isn’t that good of a prospect and won’t be as good as Gerrard. Gerrard was already in the Liverpool side by his age.

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  • Leo

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27

    i hope charles nzogbia doenst leave he is a good footballer who would have had a better season if it hadnt been for him playing out of position alot etc.

    imagine this pace players- nzogbia guthrie guitarrez and to some extent milner when we get the ball after winning it back the other team pushed up our end

    turn defence into attack have these players who can actually keep up with obafemi martins who will rip the other team appart with support ala tottenham last season

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #28

    bailey – I haven’t seen anything at all to suggest Smith is the least bit enthusiastic. It’s a myth.

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  • Football Betting King

    Jul 12, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t get this negativity towards Guthrie at all. He was Boltons brightest and most consistent player last season in my opinion, and to be perfectly honest i thin k he’s an absolute steal at that price. A lot of Liverpool fans i know are wondering why he wasn’t given a chance in the first team. When you look at some other prices going around (4.5m for James Harper) you must surely agree we got a real bargain.

    He’s young, english, and very very talented!

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  • Shambling Corporate Presence

    Jul 12, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #30

    We should have given ‘ Prince Charles’ the flick last year after he refused to sit on the subs bench.

    Any other player who wants to be a ‘prima donna’ should also be shown the door this summer…

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  • THE FERN

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I must say im happy the club are trying to look after the long term future of the club by signing players like guthrie. young , talanted and more importantly homegrown a must for european football for season 09/1o. But i am growing impatiant with the lack of activity on the experienced players front, i believe we still need 2 centre backs, 1 combative midfielder with passing ability, a central midfield playmaker with pace flair vision and a target stiker to replace the injury prone Mark Viduka, I really hope we try to conclude some solid transfer business as soon as possible good luck King Kev.

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