Danny Guthrie had a very poor game last Saturday at Swansea, and yet he looked a very good player on Wednesday night – in fact he had a stellar game.
Danny Guthrie – a central midfielder – not a winger
Why was that?
It’s because whenever Danny plays on the wing, he looks a shadow of the player he is in central midfield. That’s because he’s not a winger, it’s really as simple as that.
We remember well when Gary Speed came to Newcastle and Kenny Dalglish played him out wide, and he looked half the player he was.
Gary started to play great for Newcastle when he was switched to his natural central midfield position.
And it’s the same with Danny – play him in central midfield when we are going to attack, even if it means resting captain Alan Smith, as Chris did on Wednesday.
Danny talked today to the Newcastle Journal:
“Newcastle have had entertaining sides in the past, but I don’t think we feel under pressure because of that,”
“First and foremost it’s about the results. I’m sure the fans would love us to go out there and play like that every week, but in all honesty it’s not going to happen. If we get the three points that is the main thing.”
“It helps being at home. Our pitch is good and it’s big, we’ve also got our fans behind us and that helps us play a more expansive game.”
“It proved that we can go out and ‘Total Football’ teams, but there are still going to be games, especially away from home against the so called lesser teams, when we are going to have to grind it out and win whatever way we can.”
“Performances like that (Cardiff and Coventry) give you a massive confidence boost, but the flip side of it is that Nottingham Forest and West Brom are capable of grinding victories out. That’s what it is like in this division.”
We have to expect we can get all 3 points against Preston on Saturday at home, but after that the lads have a week to prepare for the away trip to Watford.
And since Newcastle have not won any of their last 7 away games, it’s about time we picked up a win on the road.
But if Chris picks Danny on the wing at Watford, watch out, because the team selection will be all wrong.
Let’s play our players in their natural positions and give them a chance, and not try to play the best 11 players with some of them out of position – that never works.
And Shrewsbury-born Guthrie has shown that he’s a good central midfielder and when played there will progress well, and we still think Danny can be an excellent player for Newcastle United long term.
After all the lad is still only 22.