Not many fans have been disappointed with the play of Danny Guthrie, the 21 year old who moved to Newcastle United from Liverpool in the summer.
Danny Guthrie challenges Michael Mifsud in Tuesday night’s game
Danny has only just turned 21 in April, and if he keeps his position in the first team starting line-up we would think Stuart Pearce would be almost compelled to have Danny in his England Under-21 squad.
Danny is about 15 months younger than our two current England Under-21 players Steven Taylor and James Milner, who were born in January of 1986.
Stuart Pearce talked to the Evening Chronicle before Tuesday’s match at the Ricoh Arena about out young impressive midfielder:
“I am having a good look at Danny Guthrie. He falls into the category of my age group.”“Anyone who is playing first-team football in the Premier League at his age has to be taken seriously.”
“He has not been our squad yet. We watched him at Bolton Wanderers last season and part of my job here tonight is to have another look at him.”
Guthrie was in the England schoolboy team when he was 15 years old but has not been capped by his country since that time.
But it would be fantastic if Danny does get capped, and we think if the lad keeps playing like he has been doing that will become a formality for Stuart, who is a good man.
And Pearce had glowing praise for the two current England Under-21 players Taylor and Milner, who are stalwarts in the side.
“The two boys from Newcastle, Milner and Taylor, have been the cornerstones of the England Under-21 squad ever since I have been in charge.“They are the sort of kids you could build a house around.
“Milner is seven out of 10 every week. They are near enough the first boys I pick in my team never, mind the squad.”
“I am pleased that they are doing well for my old club and I am pleased that they are playing every week.”
There’s no doubt Danny has earned a call-up, and we’ll just have to see whether he makes the cut in Stuart’s next Under-21 squad.
But he’s an efficient and skilful player in midfield, and has the knack of nearly always playing the easy (and correct) ball – and that’s the sign of a very good player, when it looks so simple and easy what he does on the field.
Some of us, who have tried to replicate those skills on the football field, have proved many times over it’s not that easy. 😀