Guthrie Could Be A Gem For Newcastle United

Kevin Keegan is happy enough at the men he has brought in to his Newcastle squad so far this summer.


Danny Guthrie – appears to be great acquisition for Newcastle

Sebastien Bassong was brought in by Kevin, and expected to be on the fringes of the Newcastle first team, at least for this coming season.

But it’s clear Kevin sees both Guthrie and Gutierrez as first team players, who will both probably start against Manchester United.

But the way young Bassong has already performed in pre-season suggests that he’ll still be pushing for a first team place this season, which is a good thing for the squad.

Unbelievably, we are still apparently waiting for Gutierrez’s paperwork to come through,  to enable him to play and finally complete his transfer from Real Mallorca.

Both Gutierrez and Guthrie have looked good in pre-season, with Guthrie looking like a great midfielder in the making, and it could well be that Kevin has have found another gem with the youngster.

Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“We might bring in four or five signings here, but it might be a lesser-known player who makes the biggest impact.”

“Danny Guthrie’s got a lot of energy. He’s got a good eye for a goal, and he can certainly pass the ball.”

“He’ll get better the more games he plays, the more experience he gets, and the more we put ahead of him.”

“No disrespect to the lads that played, because they did terrifically well, but when you get someone like Michael Owen, Oba or Viduka up there, he’ll run off them.”

“He’ll certainly finish if he gets a chance, as people have seen – I’ve seen that in training.”

While a number of fans are unhappy with Newcastle’s transfer dealing so far, if we can bring just 3 additional players in after Coloccini, we should be in great shape.

Nicky Shorey has now singed for Aston Villa, but we don’yt think he could have been a target for the club, so we’ll have to wait and see just who the club will get as a left-back.

Then we need a central midfielder and a good striker to replace Alan Smith, if he does go to Everton, which we would expect him to do, for his own good as much as anything.

So we think things could turn out well for Newcastle by the end of the month, but we would need 3 more good signings, and that’s certainly possible.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Bigted

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Will be a great buy for us, just what we need. More like this please, young English lads, who want to play for us and are hungry for success!

  • si942

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Great signing

  • Ben K

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Keegan is putting a great deal of spin on almost almost everything right now. I believe he is being consulted on transfers, but is not involved in direct negotiation with other clubs. Wise is negotiating the sale of Smith with Moyes, and Keegan comes out and says that Smith is vital to the squad and he does not want to lose him? Thats bullshit. Clever bullshit, maybe enough to convince Moyes this would be a solid buy, but I think Keegan enjoys this new portion of his duties.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    The next Gerrard or so some say.

    If he’s anywhere near that good we’ve got a steal.

    The best thing is, he WANTED to play for us.

  • Ben K

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh, and Guthrie was a great buy that Keegan likely signed off of, but maybe time to give Wise & co. some credit for astute signings as well (Spidey-class Colloccini – should be class Bassong – could be class).

  • ToonFly

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Massively encouraged by the initial reports on Guthrie. What a refreshing change if we can start to sign top drawer players who have heart, the right attitude and don’t cost a fortune to buy.

    Only time will tell on this lad but the signs are encouraging so far. :-))))))

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Played well against PSV & looks like a great signing:)
    As for Smith, anyone who can put the ball in the net will do a better job, I mean, when was the last time he scored, I can’t remember!!! 🙁
    We need another striker, a CM & a LB in 3 weeks, come on Ashley, you said the board wil back KK, so let it happen…. 🙂

  • Davi

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Bigted… who cares if they are english lads or from wherever? Bowyer, bramble, dyer, Barton? What did you make of their overall attitude??

    The individual’s spirit and attitude is what matters. No one ever moaned about Oba, Nobby or Emre’s attitude eh…

  • Luke

    Aug 8, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Derdiok and Mountinho for 20 mil will be good to me…need a left back too but i dont know where from

    team to start against Man united





  • Ben K

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Davi
    Woah, did you throw Emre’s name in there as a joke? He could care less about playing, mostly interested in collecting his paychecks. He was also quite petty and prone to cheap fouls if he felt he’d been wronged. Comparing his attitude to the enthusiasm of Oba and Nobby is crazy.

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #11

    The lads been brought up through the Man U and Liverpool acadames and it shows.

    Not sure about Kevs view on him being a def’ midfielder in the future, but he sure can pass and his up bring at the afore mentioned clubs will have played a part in that.

    He may well turn out to be our new Rob Lee, lets hope so.

  • Gavilan

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Ok… so here’s my newcastle 11 for the new season – from what we (almost) have now….

    Beye Faye Coliccini Enrique
    Gutierrez Guthrie Zog Duff
    Owen Martins

    I still rate zog more than milner and if we’re gonna crowbar someone in there better it be someone with more astuteness.
    Hopefully that will be resolved by the start of the season with a new signing… Baptista would make sense as he could also play the target man as well as behind the front two… someone like that…. would derdiyok seriously play ahead of the two littluns???

  • James

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13


    Hey there

    I’ve phoned Techinal support about the Apple issue and NUFCTV. They confirmed it is set up for Mac users to be able to watch it. But that you need certain codecs in order to do so. Some Macs will obviously have these on others don’t.

    If you email them, they will tell you which codecs to use based on the problems you are having. For example some Mac users are getting full pictures but no sound. I initially got sound and no pictures, but it’s now working properly. I believe FLIP4Mac works 99 times out of 100, certainly works for me.

    Customer support for Newcastle TV is :

  • ToonFly

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14


    I’d back James’ comments re Flip4Mac – works 100% for me too. It’s nice not to be an outcast.

  • michael

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Great player young and talented good passer of the ball and comfortable with it . I would like to see him show rafa what he has missed out on next season.

  • Martin

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    All the doubters who thought he must be s**t because he was signed for a 7 number figure have to be quietly eating their words just now…

    2 things are certain though – pre-season means nout unless you can do it in the league (smith last year!) and he has to continue to improve to be a truly top signing…As it is though, I’m more than happy with the lad!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Aug 8, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Does NUFCTV work with a PC??? I tried to watch the PSV match and I could not hear nor see anything!! I was extremely let down.

  • nando

    Aug 8, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #18

    i think rafa is a better judge of player than kk and having worked with the lad rafa obviously doesnt rate him.

  • Ken

    Aug 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Danny is the first player in a long time to score on his away and home debuts, let’s hope he can repeat it on his competitive debuts.

  • Tripp

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    LFC has more pull than NUFC. Gutherie appears to be a solid signing, but he was surplus to requirements in scouseland and Rafa knows he’s got the cash and perks (CL etc) to bring in world class players.

    It’s not a ding on KK/Wise or Gutherie, it just is what it is. I really hope Danny Boy makes Rafa sorry. He can play a role at NUFC. He certainly seems to have an excellent attitude and he wanted to play for the Toon, which is actually worth quite a lot.


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