Wayne Routledge, when he was younger, looked a great player in the making.
Wayne Routledge – looking good at Newcastle
But the youngster has not really fulfilled his early promise – in fact he has definitely not fulfilled his early promise.
But Wayne has looked very good since he joined Newcastle, and has added speed and creativity down the right wing.
Creativity is something that has been in short supply this season at Newcastle, so Wayne seems to have an excellent opportunity to make a big impact on Tyneside.
Chris Hughton talked about the 25 year-old Sidcup-born player today:
“I think he is at the right age now,”
“We hope he will be here for a good while. We have brought him in here at a very good time for him in his life. He has had good experiences and if he has had bad ones, he will have learnt from them too.”
“He has been to some big clubs and performed at some big clubs and I just hope we have got him at a very good time.”
“He is a player who has developed with age.” “He has had some challenges, a couple of loan moves that perhaps did not go so well, he did not get the football he wanted.”
“But he is a good age now and a player of experience and I see a better all-round player now.”
Most of the attacking play at Newcastle this season has come down the left wing, with Gutierrez and Enrique combining well.
There’s now a decent chance that we’ll see Simpson and Routledge forming a good understanding, so we can attack down both wings – like we did in the past under Bobby Robson, as just one example.
The attacking play last Friday was great to watch, and we’ll have some idea after tonight’s game at Derby, whether the side will also attack away from home, with the same intensity.
Chris Hughton continued:
“He’s a versatile player. Although predominantly a right sided player and at times an old-fashioned right winger.”
“He can play infield, he can play on the left, he can play off the front so I think he will give us a variety in his game.”
“But, generally, he is an all-round player now whereas perhaps, when he was young, he was seen as an out and out right winger.”
“I think he is a player who can come inside, as we saw with the goals he provided the other night.”
“He is able to drift into other areas and affect the game from there as well.” “With Wayne, he is a lad that has played a lot of football already this season.”
“And he put in a lot of good performances at QPR, so he is one we didn’t expect to take too long to settle.”
It would be terrific if Wayne finally comes good at Newcastle, since he’s just the type of player that Newcastle fans love to see.