Chris Hughton Delighted To Get Routledge

Chris Hughton was absolutely delighted to capture Wayne Routledge yesterday, as Newcastle nimbly signed the player from under the noses of Middlesbrough, who had been favorites to sign the player.

Wayne Routledge – delighted to sign for Newcastle

Hughton told The Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We are absolutely delighted to get him because it’s not necessarily one we thought would happen this month.”

“We have moved very quickly, he has been linked with a few clubs, but he wanted to come here, he is the right age and I think he is a player who will have a big impact at Newcastle.”

“He is not a young player any more and he has gained a lot of experience at some big clubs. He gives the squad a lot of options.”

“People primarily think of him as a wide player but he can play in two or three different positions and he has really developed over the last few years. He is quick and he has a lot of energy.”

Routledge was bought for just under £1M – and that seems to us another good deal for the club. The player was thought to be a top player in the making when he was younger, but he has yet to justify that early potential.

But Wayne has so far played for eight clubs, and the lad has only just turned 25 in early January, and we hope that a move to the famous Newcastle United club, will allow him to settle down and realize his potential – we hope so anyway.

Certainly with his speed and creativity, Newcastle fans yesterday were delighted with the signing, and pleasantly surprised the club has acquired a good player, who should balance the excellent work being done so well by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing.

Routledge only signed for QPR from Aston Villa in the summer, but he was more than happy to sign for the Tyneside club, and he lost no time in waxing lyrical about the Geordie fans in his first Newcastle United TV interview yesterday.

Make sure you fans at the game tonight give Wayne a great welcome for those of us who are exiled fans, and away from home base,  around the world. 😀

It would appear that after an extremely shaky start to the transfer window, Newcastle are on the verge of bringing in 4 decent players, with Hughton confident that Mike Williamson will arrive from Portsmouth soon – probably today.

Then we need a striker, but with the window closing next Monday, expect news on both these signings within the next day or two.

Comments very welcome.

1 comment so far

  • Mr Books

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    I wasn’t too familiar with Routledge’s career so I had a little browse. I’ve read the comments that he’s been through a lot of clubs and never really made it. May be some truth in that, but a deeper look means I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for the minute.
    The reality is that he was a regular for palace from 17 to 20 but their relegation coincided with the end of his contract and spurs were openly interested when a new contract was offered. He opted to stay in the Premiership. He joined spuds but broke his foot on his debut. A young upstart called Aaron Lennon therefore got his shot backing up what to be fair was a decent experienced midfield. A 6 month loan to Pompey helped ‘Arry move them from the bottom of the Prem to mid table. Then a season loan to Fulham which was hit and miss, but was part of the team that pulled of one of the best relegation escapes ever seen.
    With 18 months left on his contract, and spurs midfield being turned into Ramos’s UN the English berths were taken up by Jenas and Lennon – so he was sold to Villa on a short term contract as a backup to Petrov. 6 Months later Villa bought Milner (who is roughly the same age) and Cardiff had a double injury crisis, so he was packed off on loan to Cardiff. Cardiff wanted to sign him in the january window, but a better offer (financially and probably at the time prospects wise) from cash rich QPR saw him go there on a 3.5 year deal.
    12 months on and he’s signed for us on another 3.5 year deal. Despite being a regular starter and one of the better players at the club, QPR are falling woefully short of the ambitions for promotion that they had and which took him there despite their (for the championship) riches are quite an unsettled club and from what I can gather from QPR fans, he wanted to leave.

    My read is that he is a top drawer championship player and while not going to set the world alight in the premiership, can do a job (being second choice to Lennon and Milner means you’re not world class, not that you are crap). He helped palace up and helped fulham and pompey stay up. Coupled with his pace which we really lack, I would say that this is exactly the kind of player we need for the rest of this season and probably one or two seasons back in the premiership.
    A 3.5 year contract seems about right, he is evidently ambitious, and wants to play ( he didn’t sit at Villa or Spurs picking up a pay check in the reserves). While experienced enough to be proven at the level we currently find ourselves still young enough to maybe surprise in the premiership with the right people around him, or alternatively be a moveable asset. At 27 in the summer window going into the last year of his contract with a proven track record in the Championship, baring serious injury, we will get our money back if he can’t make the step up


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