Our former stalwart central midfielder, the great Gary Speed, has said today that he believes Newcastle United new boy Danny Guthrie will be a great signing for Kevin Keegan.
Gary Speed – great midfielder for Newcastle United
Gary Speed, who is now 38, should know what he is talking about, because not only did he play over 200 games for Newcastle United between 1998 and 2004, but he also played alongside young Danny Guthrie at Bolton Wanderers last season.
Speed thinks the 5’9″ midfielder will prove to be a very good buy for the Newcastle club.
The former Welsh international talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œDanny is a very good player and he will be a great signing for Newcastle.”
â€œI know because I played with him at Bolton last season in the same team and he did very well.”
â€œHe did take a little bit of time to settle into the team but he is still a young player.”
â€œAnd once he was in the team he stayed there and became a regular.”
â€œHe did well once he was in despite Bolton struggling.â€
Speed knows that Bolton Wanderers wanted to keep Guthrie, but we think once the player knew Newcastle were after him, he made up his mind to join former Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan on Tyneside.
Speed, who played 85 times for Wales, and is tipped to be a future manager of his country,Â feels that Bolton Wanderers fans will be disappointed to see Danny join a rival Premier League side.
Several weeks ago Danny had told his friends in Liverpool that he would be joining Newcastle United in the summer.
â€œThe Bolton fans took to Danny straight away and they wanted the club to sign him from Liverpool.”
â€œI think the Newcastle fans will like him too.”â€œHeâ€™s energetic and an honest lad. He should do really well.â€
Guthrie is from Shropshire and has starred for England at youth levels, beginning with the England Schoolboys side in 2003, while he was with Liverpool.
Danny is one the fringe of the England Under-21 side, and he made 7 appearances for the Liverpool first team, in all competitions.
He also played a total of 35 appearances in all competitions for Bolton Wanderers last season.