One of our favorite young players at Newcastle is 21 year-old Danny Guthrie, whom we bought from Liverpool for peanuts in the summer, and he was having a very good first season before he injured his groin in January, and is only now coming back into the action.
Danny Guthrie – good acquisition for Newcastle this season
Danny is now fully fit and was withdrawn from the Reserves game last Monday with a knee injury, just as a precaution, and he is fit for today and should see some action during the game tonight.
Now Guthrie seems ready for the titanic battle which will take place at the Britannia Stadium and he told the Evening Chronicle:
“It will be a heck of a battle.” “Everyone knows what Stoke are about – they are strong at home, and they have a good support behind them.”
“We are going to be in for a battle, but it is a game we need to take something from.”
And of course for one so young, Danny Guthrie already has plenty of experience of relegation battles, after helping Bolton Wanderers stay up last season, alongside Kevin Nolan, when they pulled away in the last several games to safety.
“I was at Bolton in a similar position to where I am now at Newcastle.” “Every game seems like a final you have to win. It is not a nice position to be in, but it is what it is.”
“It is time for big players, and players like myself, to stand up and make ourselves count.”
Danny is right and it has to be captain Michael Owen and Nicky Butt as two players who have to stand up and be counted in the run-in. We know Habib Beye will do that, as he showed us last week when he turned in an excellent performance, out of position at center-back, and could well be used there by Alan, maybe for the rest of the season, to shore up the defense.
We expect Michael Owen to have been boosted by a man who he freely admits he looks up to, in the great Alan Shearer. Guthrie is hoping the former Liverpool and Real Madrid man can turn it on in the next seven games and get some goals for the team – and that’s certainly what we need.
“Guys like Michael are putting the work in to drag us young lads through it.”
“You need guys like Nicky Butt and him to get us through.”
“I am sure they will be a big help.”
While there’s an awful lot now at stake for Alan Shearer, who has come in selflessly to try to save his home-town club, there’s also something at stake for Michael too, because if we can stay in the Premier league, then Alan can surely get the best out of Michael Owen.
We would expect Michael to sign a new contract at Newcastle if we stay up and Alan’s the new boss, and that will electrify the Newcastle fans.
If Shearer cannot get the best out of Owen now, then nobody else can – it’s as simple as that, and at least Michael looked good in the first half last week against Chelsea, and was always looking for the ball.
But goals is what we need from Michael today – goals and then more goals.