Hughton – Routledge Has Electric Speed

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton thinks that new signing Wayne Routledge will add some electric pace to his Newcastle side.

Wayne Routledge – delighted to be at Newcastle

Routledge looks like making his debut tonight against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, although he may be introduced from the substitutes bench. But with Routledge, and even Mike Williamson involved tonight, that should entice Newcastle fans to the game tonight – certainly the lads will appreciate the support.

Hughton is well aware of what Routledge can do, as he was with the player at Tottenham Hotspur from 2005-2008, and knows the player’s skills can bring something positive to Newcastle’s promotion drive.

Chris told the official site today:

“Wayne will bring energy to team,”  “He’s a player that can play on either flank and has electric pace.”

“I worked with him at Spurs and back then he was very much an out-and-out right winger. He was always prepared to run at players but I think over the years his game has developed.”

“He did very well with QPR when they played here earlier in the season and our supporters would have got a look at him then.”

“He’s a good age at 25 and has already played at a lot of big clubs and has experience.” “We’re delighted to get him on board and I think he will be an excellent addition to our promotion campaign.”

This lad could turn out to be a significant signing for the club, and the Newcastle fans will hope to see him play tonight in the very important game against Crystal Palace, where anything but a win will be a blow to our promotion drive.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 27, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Good we need pace. We need to get the other team back tracking and wary of our speed. On another note I saw this on a portsmouth website.

    ‘Finally a transfer latest with potential arrivals at Pompey – the latest being Daniel Sturridge who is reported to be joining us once Drogba rejoins the Chelsea camp and has been assessed.

    Other ins include:

    Jamie O’Hara (Tottenham) – on loan
    Emad Moteab (Al Ahly) – on loan (option to buy)
    Joey Barton (Newcastle) – on loan.”

    This is the first I have heard of Joey going out on loan but I for one am all for it.. Get him playing and fat mike will love it absolutley love it if we dont have to pay all his wages!

  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope barton gets a game here to be honest i think we will come stuck as we have another 21 games to go . I cant believe we signed routledge, i thought we wouldnt sign anyone but it shows that the board has learnt its lesson. I wouldnt mind williamson and a striker now,

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    How, Charlietoon, could Portsmouth sign Emad Moteab (Al Ahly) on loan with an option to buy.

    Whilst they can take loanees, they’re not allowed to sign on a permanent basis until they’ve cleared their outstanding transfer debts.

    And more to the point, buy him with what?

  • toongloom

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    i know, couldnt believe it either when read it yesterday morning. Routledge could be bragain if the reported price of around 1m is right. On other front, it would be amazing if we could sign jack wilshere from arsenal on loan. I cant see why not, he would get plenty of games. Wenger wont let him go to bolton, cause they lob the ball forward and hes gona be wasted. I wouldnt be surprised if boro get him, cause they were after a routledge.

    Bout joey barton, couldnt care less if he went. He doesnt play no more than 10 games a season so whats the point of having him.

    Now, a striker would be ideal. Someone who has a proven goals under them, somone like james beattie from stoke. Give them shola lol

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I think that was before Owen Coyle went there and he likes to play it on the deck.

    the really crap managers like Megson, Allardyce, Pulis et al should be coaching rugby league.

  • Mr Books

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    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

  • Mr Books

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Good to see you back Ed – Oh how I’ve missed typing out a detailed post to the top story, only to find I’m now in a topic that’s barely makes the front page by the time I’ve finished 🙂

  • MacToon

    Jan 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Bad luck Mr B lol, don’t worry some of us read the posts 🙂


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