Enthusiastic Routledge Speaks – Makes Magpies Debut Tomorrow Night

As we had reported easrlier today Wayne Routledge started his football career in 2001, and it looks like he will make his debut for the Magpies tomorrow night against ……… Crystal Palace.

A delighted Wayne Routledge at Newcastle training ground today

Certainly most Newcastle fans seem surprised, but also very happy, that the club has skillfully brought the former Crystal Palace and Spurs winger to Tyneside.

There wasn’t even a whisper about this player, until the deal was done earlier today, but he’s the type of player Newcastle fans just6 love to see – he’s fast and direct, and could lay on a hat-ful of goals for strikers like Carroll, Lovenkrands and the like.

The lad can also score himself with 20 first class goals so far.

Now we need Mike Williamson signed, James Vaughan arriving on loan from Everton, Geremi moving out of Newcastle and hey – if that happens – the club will have done well this January transfer window.

It turns out that Routledge was just 16 years old when he made his league debut for Crystal Palace in 2001, as a winger with great pace and good skills on the ball.

It is indeed a strange case that he will make his debut against his very first club tomorrow night, and no doubt that should help with the attendance tomorrow night, since the last two games have been down a little bit.

Wayne told Newcastle United TV at the club’s training ground.

“It’s unbelievable really that Palace could be my first game,”

“I’ve still got very fond memories of my time there. They were my boyhood team and I learnt everything I know at the club.”

“So obviously it’s a game I’m desperate to be involved in and just can’t wait for it.”

We watched the interview and all fans need to see it – it would be good if the club made the video generally available before tomorrow night.

Wayne couldn’t keep from smiling and kept saying that everybody knows Newcastle is a big club with passionate support, and he knew that personally from playing at St. James’ Park.

Wayne said he had been promoted with Crytal Palace to the Premier League, and that he wanted to help Newcastle get promotion as job one.

There’s something nice about having a cockney boy just loving to travel north to play for Newcastle – he comes over as a breath of fresh air.

Wayne said many times that his first aim was to get Newcastle promoted, and he seems personally more than ready to make his debut for the famous club tomorrow night.

It really seemed that Wayne couldn’t believe he had actually made the move, and he was only made aware of Newcastle’s interest a few hours before the deal was finalized.

And it’s clear he had absolutely no hesitation in coming to Newcastle.

Wayne later was interviewed by Sky Sports news:

“It is a hectic time. You get a call and you have to make quick decisions,” “Newcastle is Newcastle and everyone knows what it is about.”

“It is a massive club with a massive tradition and the fan base is unbelievable, so as soon as I got the call the decision was made for me.”

“There are true legends that have played here and they have a way they like to play. Hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of these players,”

“Sometimes you come here and you are in awe of the way the fans support their players.”

“But I am on the right side now, in the black and white shirt, and I can’t wait to get going.”

Make no mistake, the Newcastle United club is still a huge draw for players, whatever anybody says to the contrary – and we could have signed a gem in this lad!

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    speaking of Crystal Palace, they’ve just gone into administration :/

  • Thump

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #2

    They have indeed.

    Any more decent players knocking around the Palace team? 😉

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope he turns out to be a gem, very much in the Lennon, Pennant mould……but prehaps not as good, yet ?

    At 25 its make or break for the lad.

    Just wish Ash would push the boat out for a quality striker, the one area we’re really lacking in.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Palace in administration? I’ll have Ambrose back please. £750,000 would probably do it in their situation.

  • Raffo

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Ambrose I think would be a good steal

  • Thump

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Forgot about Ambrose.

    Does anybody have Hughton’s number?

  • chuck

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    At twenty five and having been with seven or eight sides without much success, it`s make it or break it time for Routledge.
    Gonna take a wait and see tude on this guy.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Feel sorry for the palace fans and players and that…..but man its good to see that arrogant **** Simon Jordan in trouble.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Ambrose, could do a job now and would be a decent enough squad player in the championship. Wouldn’t bother though if we couldnt get him for peanuts though.

    Pleased that we have we invested in some quality on the right, not as concerned about the pompey lad, but as stated before if we can ship out geremi and get a pacey, direct forward in I think many of us would be satisfied with what has happened this window.

    Predictions on west brom and forest tonight from anyone?

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10

    ++Decent enough squad player in the premiership..++

  • Edd Case

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #11

    If Palace have gone into admin and other teams could nuck some of their better players, doesn’t Victor Moses still play for them?
    He’s not bad. Would like to see him here.

  • ganiyu

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Whats a cockney?

  • Thump

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    @Uchiha_Itachi: I can’t look beyond WBA tonight. Would love to see Forest give them a hiding, though even if it is just to wipe the smug grin off Di Matteo’s face. Can’t imagine him naming the same side tonight either, surely he has to rest a few of them.

    @ganiyu: You’re still here?

  • Tanzy

    Jan 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    great signing well done hughton and calderwood kept that one quiet lets hope theres a few more good deals to go though that me dont no about

    Newcastle Team after January transfer window

    Harper / krul / Forster

    Simpson / R.Taylor


    S.Taylor / Coloccini / Williamson £1.2m / Kadar

    Routledge £1.8m probably / Pancrate /

    Gutierez / Lua – Lua

    Playmakers / AM
    Guthrie / Nolan / Barton / Whilshire Loan ambitious but why not more options

    Smith / Butt / Perch around £1.5m

    Carroll / Ameobi / Lovenkrands / Ranger / Vaughan Loan

    Simpson £500k
    Williamson £1.2m
    Whilshire loan
    Perch £1.5m
    Routledge £1.8m
    Vaughan loan

  • MacToon

    Jan 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Good signing imo, good luck to him.

  • giimps

    Jan 26, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #16

    s for me I think,

  • dan007

    Jan 26, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Great signing we needed a decent Right Winger, far to much of our play has come from the left with Guti and Enrique. This lad only 25 with plently of pace and trickery will give us all the attacking options we need (combiend with Guti on the left). Guthrie I feel will become a great CM but at the mo, in the championship battlers like Nolan (our top scorer) and Smudge are just what we need.

    Check out young Wanye on You Tube…

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Ony one thing wrong with the interview!!!!!!!!
    He said it`s great to be playing in the BLUE and WHITE stipes……
    Hope he remembers which team he is on tomorrow 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Stripes !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Will

    Jan 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #20

    ganiyu – someone from london


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