Our new boy Danny Guthrie has told Newcastle United fans he wants to be like Rob Lee, who Kevin Keegan made into a top midfielder in his first management spell at the club.
Danny Guthrie – great midfielder in the making
The Liverpool academy player has scored two good goals in pred-season, and of course spent last year at Bolton Wanderers, and has said that scoring goals in one area of his game that he wants to work on as he talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œI have not exactly been known for my goalscoring in the past so I am delighted,â€
â€œLast season being in the Bolton side it wasnâ€™t that easy, bearing in mind I hardly got any chances.”
“I am playing with a different class of player this year and they find you when you make runs into the box.”
“It is part of my game I am trying to improve because a goalscoring midfielder is invaluable. I want to be a box-to-box player.”
â€œThe best midfielders, like (Frank) Lampard and (Steven) Gerrard always get 10-15 goals a season.”
“They set the standards and I want to be up there with those sorts of players.â€
Guthrie seemed pleased when his boss compared him with the great Rob Lee, and he has already praised the man management skills of Kevin:
â€œIt is always fantastic to hear when you are being compared to great players of the past but you want compliments from current players as well,â€
â€œIt was a nice confidence boost but I have got to keep my feet on the ground.â€œThe manager is great. We have had a tough pre-season and have started to wind down now. He enjoys a great banter with the players.”
“He is not a manager who doesnâ€™t talk to his players, he is very hands-on. You listen because of what he has done in the game.â€
Guthrie looks almost the perfect player for Kevin Keegan to mange, he seems to have loads of skill, has been a top player since he was an England Schoolboy International, seems down to earth and sensible, and very willing to listen to and learn from his boss.
Danny has been on the books of two of Englandâ€™s biggest clubs â€“ Manchester United and Liverpool â€“ and now he has arrived at Newcastle, he is more than anxious to establish himself at St Jamesâ€™s Park.
â€œIt was great to come away from one big club to another and to feel wanted,â€ â€œHopefully I can improve here and become a much better player. It was sad to leave Liverpool but I had to be realistic.”
“I played seven games and could have maybe got ten to 15 games a season, but I need 40 a year at this stage of my career. To make the step up I need to play.”
â€œI need to prove them wrong. I wonâ€™t be the first or last player to leave a big club for another and it is how you react that matters.â€
Danny will be motivated too when we goto Old Trafford for our first game a week tomorrow, and it’s almost certain Guthrie will line up with Nicky Butt in central midfield. It will be tough game for the 21 year-old, no doubt.
â€œI was at Manchester United as a kid even though I signed a scholarship with Liverpool at 16,â€ â€œI went to Man Utd in the summer holidays when I was growing up. I never signed for them but I was there from 11 to 15.”
â€œManchester United will always be a massive game for me. I wouldnâ€™t say it means anything different to me but at the same time it is always great if you can prove someone wrong.”
â€œAt 16 I met Steve Heighway and that was that, I signed for Liverpool.” â€œIt never came to Man Utd offering me anything because I had already agreed to go to Liverpool. I spoke to Heighway and thought: â€˜Thatâ€™s good enough for me.â€™
â€œI was an England schoolboy and it was not a difficult decision to make.â€
We haven’t signed many players this season, and so far we haven’t signed enough players either.
But at least the players Kevin has brought in so far are great for the club, and seem to have fantastic attitudes.
Danny is already a favorite with the Newcastle fans, and this season will be a landmark one for the boy.
He seems to have everything it takes to become a great midfielder at Newcastle, under Kevin’s careful guidance.
We hope so. Â 😀