Lots and lots of communication from Kevin today on the official web site, so he seems to have ended his long silence big time – good.
Danny Guthrie – high praise from Kevin today
There was a littleÂ disappointment with Newcastle fans, when Newcastle signed Liverpool’s Danny Guthrie, but the more we find out about the lad, the more we like what we see.
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has today compared him with former Toon favorites, Rob Lee and Paul Bracewell – praise indeed.
If Danny can get anywhere near to the contribution those two made at the club, he will be one of our best buys.
The 21-year-old has been training for the last couple of weeks with his new team-mates, and it looks like he’ll definitely get a game tomorrow at Hartlepool United.
Kevin talked again to nufcTV at the club’s training ground:
“Young Danny Guthrie, he’s a little bit of a mix, for the older fans, between Paul Bracewell and Rob Lee.”
“He’s that type of player. Good engine, a very good passer of the ball. A link-up player who can get around the field and of course in the Premier League you need that.”
“And over time he’ll probably learn to play in a defensive-midfield holding position.” “Both of those signings (Guthrie and Gutierrez) I’m really pleased with.”
“Obviously, the whole world knows that the squad is too small. Every Newcastle fan and the people at the club know that.”
“But getting the right players in was always going to be tough because there is a lot of competition for good players.”
Somehow we feel a little bit heartened by what Keegan has said today, about the size of the squad, and that Newcastle will, for sure, be bringing in more players.
It may well be that Danny Guthrie will getÂ some games initially in the season, and that will be a chance for him, especially with Joey Barton still twiddling his fingers in jail – why do I feel depressed when I write that?
We’ll see how Guthrie does tomorrow, and Kevin has said he will field a strong side, although it’s sometimes hard to judge just how good players are, in pre-season games .