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.
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