The Sky’s The Limit For Danny Guthrie


Danny Guthrie has spoken to the Sunday Sun today, and he has high hopes for Newcastle United this coming season.

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Danny Guthrie – sky’s the limit – if he keeps his head down

Danny talked about what he thinks Newcastle can do in the coming season:

“We’ve got to be aiming for Europe this season,”

“We’re more than capable of doing that. Obviously, the Champions League is probably asking too much.”

“But there’s no reason we can’t be among the clubs going for a UEFA Cup place.”

“We’ve got the talent here to do that.”

Danny spent 10 months at Bolton Wanderers last season, and that no doubt did him the world of good in his development, even if he doesn’t realize it right now, as he continued:

“It was just really hard for me there,”

“There was little point for me in playing in a team playing with one man up front and battling for second balls all the time.”

“It seemed in most games, we were fighting not to lose. It was a real struggle.”

“One of the big factors in me coming here was that the team here want to play football.”

“There was talk of Bolton signing me permanently, but there would never have been a choice anyway once Newcastle came in.”

And you could see yesterday what great attacking football Newcastle will be playing this season, with flowing passes and the team moving forward at every opportunity, against Valencia.

We don’t want to overplay this, but we thought the lads played extremely well yesterday, especially in the second half, which was wonderful to watch, and Danny of course was an integral cog in the Newcastle wheel in central midfield.

Danny has high hopes of what Newcastle can do next season – as he continued:

“The key for us will be to get a good start,”

“Obviously, we’ve got a couple of tough trips to begin with, but we’ve also some home games in the first few weeks which are very winnable.”

“I can’t wait to run out at a full St James’ Park. The place should be a fortress for us.”

Not too many fans were impressed when Danny first signed for Newcastle, but his subsequent displays have made them take notice.

And with Kevin Keegan guiding the youngster, and if he keeps his head down, anything is possible for the youngster, still only 21, as he continued:

“Playing for England is obviously an ambition,”

“Not this season perhaps — for now, I’d like to play regularly for Newcastle and win a regular Under-21 place — but maybe the season after that.

““I know it will be tough, because there’s so much competition for midfield places.”

“But being here and playing under a manager like Kevin Keegan, can only help me.”

Owner Mike Ashley said that he and Kevin only wanted players that had the heart and passion to play for Newcastle United.

Well, let’s be clear, they have brought in an apparent gem in Danny Guthrie, and as we said, if he keeps his head down, and listens to Kevin, the sky’s the limit for this boy in his football future.

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36 comments so far

  • gordond

    Aug 10, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #1

    KK will guide him in the right direction.What i’ve seen of him he looks a good prospect.

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  • Windymelons

    Aug 10, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #2

    He looks 100% better than Mr Barton.He rarely gives the ball away.Could be a snip at 2 million!

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  • Marty

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed you are so right,Danny just seems to be a Gem of a lad n a crackin player for the price we paid.
    I think he could be one of the finds of the season.
    Actually i think we have several finds of the season,which is grt for the Geordie Faithful 🙂

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  • Dirk

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #4

    he really could b the steal of the season. i think he should b starting every game in the centre for us personally. he can b our box to box player when we want to attack we could hav guthrie and an attacking midfielder and to defend we could use butt and guthrie.

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  • Marty

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope the other signings are going to be Gems like he has been…………….
    Anyone see how CROUCH played today,glad we didn`t buy him.
    PHEW

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  • davi

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #6

    His valuation has probably gone up a bit since we signed him a few weeks ago.
    Every club would like an English box to box goal scoring midfielder – if he can keep this up KK has pulled a blinder… early days but looking like a midfield general in the making par excellence.

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  • dan

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #7

    For all the people who critizise the new regime.
    I think we are signing better now in terms of both consistancy and price.

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  • keegan is king

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #8

    he reminds me abit of parker when he was on the top of his game. ould be signing of season at that price

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  • KKK

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Before we signed Guthrie a lot of liverpool fans labeled him to be the “next Gerrard” and i for one can see many similarities when watching him play (not to mention the number 8 shirt) and he will only get better. Looking forward to both of our new signings doing very well this season.

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #10

    He is mint like.

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  • Nenad

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I hope we sign a few more players, to give KK some sort of choice and give some competition for places. With Guthrie and Gutierrez, things are looking bright 🙂

    I just can’t help but feel optimistic. That’s always been my problem 🙂

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  • Ericles

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Watched him and was impressed. He has a maturity beyond his years and can only get better. Anymore down that golden coal mine you have found Kev?

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    has really impressed me

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  • Christoon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    amazing player, every pre season i get excited about summit haha, but yeh was also loving the spider man 🙂 yesterday aint seen a player for the toon take so many people on and attack the box so often in a long time, enjoyed it!!!!

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  • 51times

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I knew he would be a good signing, I’m sure we’ll only see him get better once we get into the season.

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  • Richard D

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #16

    A Liverpool fan I know says Liverpool have had a clause added in his contract saying that they can take him back for the same fee at any time !! I hope it’s BS.

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  • Ross

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #17

    christoon-thats what i enjoyed about jonas yesterday. every time he got the ball, he was looking to burst forwards. valencia had real problems getting to the ball when he was running with it at his feet, to the point that they’d just resort to fouling him.
    he’s got the stamina too, he was covering every inch of the field right up until the 92nd minute.
    as for guthrie, i was a doubter at first. but upon seeing him, he looks neat and tidy. good passer of the ball, rarely gives it away, he looks up and plays the sensible pass. has found the net twice and has an assist or two to his name does he not?
    a real bargain i hope.

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  • the black magpie

    Aug 10, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #18

    keegan will get two more signings thats appears to be for sure…

    a LB but we know the other will be an offensive player be it Mid or striker

    all i hope and pray for is that the King knows that we need a Beardsley!!!

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  • beye the great

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #19

    brilliant doubt he can be as good as gerrard but still what a player

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  • Ross G

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Firstly he has the right attitude, and was a very reasonable price, however even though I hope he proves me wrong I dont think he will ever be a star for us. I think he is a an economic midfielder wont loose the ball and play it about, but that isnt enough in todays game. He needs to become alot more physical and stronger, and he isnt quick enough. I know alot of you will grill me for this but Im a realist and CM is the most important part of the pitch and I think it is our weakest position we have strong strikers and a stronger defence now, but looking in the centre of the midfield worries me. Butt is very similar to Guthrie but tackles more neither score or have the ability to control a game. We need to address this. With a new LB we will look alot stronger but I would get in two top CM one now, one in January. Manuel Fernandes, Gokhan Inler, Kallstrom, Emana, Rothen, Gourcuff, Cana, are to name a few that would improve us at the right age range. They have the certain attributes that you class with Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas, etc and that is MATCH WINNERS. These guys can make something out of nothing, and the only CM that I see who HAD that potential and will prob never see it again is Barton (at City). Geremi for me is poor in the centre, he is a decent RM/RB but not a CM. Even though Butt does a job for us we need to look at replacing him too. Cana is the captain of Marsielle and would be a great buy to replace Butt at about £6m. Then someone like Moutinho, Fernandes, Kallstrom can provide that burst into the box we have missed since the Kieron Dyer (when he wasnt injured).

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  • 51times

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Summary of Ross G’s post: BAAAAAWWWWWWW

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Ross G – Rothen a CM? The man doesn’t know how to do anything but cross, however he is world class at that. Dont rate Emana one bit and Gourcuff has already moved.

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  • Chris F

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Ross G, not really going to slate you, because it’s still early days and while some are getting a bit too carried away with guthrie, at the same time i think you may be being a bit too quick to judge.

    let’s see how the lad does for us in a few competitive games before saying he’s not good enough, eh?

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  • antz

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #24

    ross, sorry, have to disagree with u there, without makelele chelsea and real madrid wudnt have bin wot they were, same as neville for man utd, when theyre missing they realise they are such a great star, but not the superstar players that people automatically pick out

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  • Joe

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m glad that everyone is now agreeing with what I said when the lad first signed. He’s class with great commitment, a real football man and a real Keegan player.

    Was laughed at – not just on here, but family too – so I feel a little pleased with myself that everyones liking him now!

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  • Ross G

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Thats a good one 51 times glad you took the time to write such an offensive remark. Toon Tom fair point but Rothen has been playing central left of in the middle and due to his natural wing style play has proven his ability to beat players and pick a pass. I like Emana he is a power pacey all action midfielder with an eye for goal his energy and penetration is something we lack in the middle. Gourcuff is on loan at Bordeaux true, but its the January option I meant. What do you think of Cana?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Cana is an effective nutcase.

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  • Ross G

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Lol, he is a tad aggressive agreed, but you rarley see players bleed for there clubs anymore. Scotty Parker was the last CM that did it for us and in most cases that kind of intimidation has quelled some big CM stars from there top games. Roy Keane did it for years

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Whilst i dont agree with ou Ross, your point is fair enough

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  • Tommy

    Aug 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #30

    @ RossG.. I don’t think Cana would fit in now, though I do like him a lot..

    Guthrie has surprised me, I genuinely think he could turn out to be a bargain..

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  • legends1892

    Aug 11, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Gentleman please, lets all hope the lad can be as good as a player as he promises to be. After all our superstars who have graced the st james turf isn’t it about time we had a lad who thinks of the toon before himself? he reminds me of scotty parker but this lad has never seen the bright lights of london. If we had a few more like Danny and Stevie T then we’ll be gunningfor europe again, by the way when’s Coloccini gonna finalise his move and is he gonna be number 4??

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  • gordond

    Aug 11, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #32

    sky sports got him as #5

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  • GEORDIE69

    Aug 11, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #33

    I knew it wouldnt take long b4 everyone loves him!!!

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  • clinta

    Aug 11, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #34

    His only young and a good prospect, but let’s see him play week in and week out in the premiership before we get to excited.

    will he start every week? is he ready/ good enough?

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  • Sav

    Aug 11, 2008 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #35

    He is tidy and probably a bargain but don’t lets overload the kid with praise and expectation. Talk of England senior 11 and next Steven Gerrard will only haunt the lad and us fans.

    -he’s a good kid and he’s scored 2 goals (one a scruffy in-off) in friendlies. Can’t we leave it at that?
    Lack of real top signings has us hoping the bargains all turn out to be diamonds in the rough. They won’t be.

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  • Big Willie

    Aug 11, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Derdiyok next signing, told you last week he was at the training ground on Thursday and was expected to sign on Friday until Smith could not agree terms. He returned to FC Basle however it appears the Smith issue has been resolved and that Derdiyok will be signing

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