Wayne Routledge – Looking Good At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far


    Feb 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Top player

  • bkeena00

    Feb 9, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    So far so good. He’s the ype of player we love to see here. Good luck to the lad!

  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Nobby MkII

  • Aza9

    Feb 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Had involvement in all of our goals against Cardiff. Looks confident on the ball with a bag of tricks and has crossing and passing ability that all of our front men will benefit from.

    Hope CH sticks with the 4-4-2 tonight. I’d keep the same starting 11 as the last game but CH may want to put Smith back in for Guthrie to battle with robbie savage in the middle and possibly Lovenkrands upfront after his brace which would be fair enough.

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s been unlucky – Lennon took his place at Spurs and Villa never gave him a decent run. The only period he looked poor was when he was on loan at Fulham and even then he could still catch the eye with some skill.

    He’s back with a top club now, getting games. I can’t wait till he really gets settled and starts whipping in crosses like Gillespie in the 90s!

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    I know some of you will wanna shoot me for saying this…but he already has put in more decent crosses than MILNER ever did.
    I mean how many games did James have 10 opportunities to put in a cross and decided to try beat another defender….countless.
    I like Wayne,beat a defender and whip in a cross or beat a defender and pass it on the ground or shoot.Just what we needed.
    Howay the Lads this evenin,another win i reckon.2-0

  • Free Scoring Smudge

    Feb 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Milner might have done a bit better on the wing in the Championship, but he was always best in the middle. KK played him there a couple of times before he was sold.


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