Guthrie Enjoying All Things At Newcastle

Danny Guthrie, our new Shropshire-born midfield player star started his first game for Newcastle against Doncaster Rovers last Saturday, but was disappointed to lose the game.


Danny Guthrie – challenging Doncaster’s James Hayter on Saturday

Danny talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“Results don’t really matter at this stage, but it’s still upsetting. We should be winning games like that.”

“Nevertheless, the most important thing is to get a work-out, which we did.”

Guthrie of course made a great start to his Newcastle career last week at Hartlepool, after scoring and setting up Damien Duff for one of his goals in the 4-1 rout – and that was after just 8 minutes.

But Newcastle fans had to be impressed again with Guthrie’s play last Saturday in the Newcastle midfield engine room, as the former Liverpool and Bolton player completed his first full 90 minutes for Newcastle.

Guthrie continued:

“It’s getting better each game.”

“The rust starts to come off in these games and I am starting to find my feet.”

Newcastle were missing Nicky Butt against Doncaster due to a tight hamstring, and Kevin also gave James Milner a rest, to try out other players. And our midfield ranks were boosted by the return of popular Cameroon international Geremi, who also captained the side.

Charles N’Zogbia’s performance in the first two games has also been a good thing to see for fans, and we really hope Charles will stay at the club now.

There wasn’t too much good to come out of Saturday’s game to be quite honest, although young Frenchman Seb Bassong looked the part at the back for the Newcastle defense.

But we have to remember that we were without 10 senior players on Saturday, for one reason or another, so we were not too upset by the defeat – although it’s always good to win.

Guthrie, who seems to have just a first class attitude, said he is looking forward to being part of Newcastle’s midfield next season. So are we.

“I am really enjoying myself at Newcastle.” “I’m getting into it, and I’m also getting a lot of the ball.”

“We’re playing good football, and that’s what it’s about at the moment.”

We have signed two good players this season in Guthrie and Gutierrez, and we hope we can bring in two defenders this week.

And maybe those two can be experienced Fabricio Collocini from Deportivo and youngster Sebastien Bassong, a good combination of youth and experience.

That will give us all a lift.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • toonfan1

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    he seems like a good player with the right attitude

  • i Toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Danny seem to be a real class signing

  • 51times

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Good player and seems a good lad.

  • t-g-w

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Seems to be a good guy but we can’t really judge on 2 pre season friendlies, especially as most of us didn’t watch those games. Remember everyone thought Smith was a good signing last season? Doubt guthrie will be like Smith but let’s stay grounded eh?

  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Good lad. Hope he can do a good job for us.

  • kierran

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I watched Newcastle at Keepmote on saturday. and both Guthrie and Bassong impressed me the most. I think Bassong could easily has the physical presence that is required of a centre back in the premier league, and he seems to have the maturity of a centre back beyond his 22 years. But ofcourse that is based on only one game. Id deffo sign him though. Danny Guthrie was our best player in centre mid. spreading the ball about and generally playing with a positive mind set. very impressed with both of them.

  • Teddy

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #7

    another day, another day with no transfers, oh and of course another interview from danny.

    i have good feelings about a signing today tho.


    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Danny happy with life at the Toon

    Let’s hope Barton doesn’t make him change his mind

  • Micky Toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve got three words for everyone who is getting excited about a players performance in pre-season games.


  • Alex

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I some how doubt that Bassong is coming .He is already back in France if Keegan was that impressed with him surely he would still be in the Toon with his agent finalising the deal.

  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Hope Guthrie can play a vital role in the upcoming season. If he can hold his level and improve he might be a very good signing for a very low price, but let us all wait untill the season to judge on the new players.

    Why was Gutierrez not playing? Is the administration of his transfer still not okay.

  • Chris

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    I like Guthrie’s attitude. Hope he can be our new Rob Lee.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Could be good gutherie.

    See spurs have bid 17m for arshavin got to hand it to them who ever is that seals the deals for them they know how recruit and they seem to have plenty of wedge to strengthen.

    We seem to just dawdle along and offer millions less than the asking price and by which time it is leaked and the player ends up at another club.

    Gut feeling is collocini is not going to happen as was reported this morning..he is quoted today saying he is happy at Deportivo anyway according to sky..fingers crossed.

  • aastonn

    Jul 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Well, Thomasson turned out to be class. Just not when in Newcastle United. But yes, as stated above..
    How impressed werent we when A. Smith scored against Sampdoria last pre-season??

    Guthrie is already a favorite in my mind, hopefully it will stay that way..!

  • amble_ball

    Jul 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    “popular Cameroon international Geremi”

    do you get to many games?


    Jul 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope guthrie turns out to be a good player for us we’ve had too many overinflated egos at this club in the past be good to see a young lad hungry to impress & win over the toon army! i will be livid if spurs sign arshavin as i think he would fit perfectly in to our team just in behind the front 2, but the reality is we wont cough up that much cash for 1 player! i know a lot of you guys have faith in MA but i dont! dont think bringing wise to the club was a smart move, KK is a master at signing players so let him do his bloody job & stop paying people a fortune to fail at it! here’s an interesting question, we need a goal scoring midfielder right? & wise is in charge of recruiting right? so why the donald duck has he not made a move for Tim cahill who he had at millwall? he would be good buy & i think would come to toon especially as him & viduka are best m8s! our recruitment team make me laugh!!!!

  • Toon_kev81

    Jul 28, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie was different class on Saturday. His passing was superb and was what we were missing last season; namely, someone to get the ball from the defence and pass it quickly to either wing and so get the wide players we have into the games. People talk about a creative central midfield player, but, for me, a central midfield player needs to pass the ball quickly to our front men who are there to do the attacking. Do that effectively and he can then sit back in the holding role. I would prefer Guthrie to Nicky Butt even though I rate the latter. If we had had Milner on the wing instead of Geremi, we would have beaten Donny easily.


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