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!