Danny Guthrie – Good Player In The Making At Newcastle

The game on Saturday was Danny Guthrie’s ninth consecutive start for Newcastle United – and Danny seems as though he’s showing us what a very good player he can become on Tyneside.

Danny Guthrie – good player in the making for Newcastle

And with the former Liverpool youngster, still just 22 years old, it’s good to see the lad playing, especially in his preferred position, in the middle of the park.

Danny is a very good emerging player, but is hardly the finished article yet.

Danny had already had a terrific game in central midfield on Wednesday night, but because of the late injury to Wayne Routledge he was again played out wide on Saturday, but still played well.

By our reckoning Danny has appeared 57 times at Newcastle, with 51 starts and 5 goals.

And the youngster, who turns 23 in July, is pleased with his current form, as he spoke with Newcastle United TV today:

“I’m pleased to be playing games and it’s nice to get a good run in the team,”

“I enjoyed playing in the centre of midfield against Coventry and I think that, along with the Cardiff win a couple of weeks ago, were my best games of the season.”

“I like being in the middle so I can get on the ball and take the game by the scruff of the neck and I’m pleased with my form at the moment.”

That’s what we would want a Newcastle central midfielder to do, take the game by the scruff of the neck, and we think there’s a lot more to come from the youngster.

But he needs more games in central midfield, where he always looks so much better a player than when played out on the wing.

Danny continued:

“The most important thing is always the win and we got that to put a little bit more pressure on the teams around us,”

“It wasn’t the football we played on Wednesday night against Coventry but we got the job done.”

“It was nice to get the early goal to take the pressure off but that was a definitley a cross from Peter! We’ll take that little bit of luck, though, and you need that at times.”

“The second goal was important and Kevin is always a danger when he gets in those positions.”

“Ryan has then come on to get another goal and I’m sure he’ll be pushing for a start now as well.”

We cannot expect great attacking performances in every game, and at least at home it seems Newcastle are trying their very best to play an attacking style of football.

Wins are what we will need during the run-in to get the promotion we all want so much – and we think young Danny can be an important player in those wins.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • cicero

    Feb 22, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Danny Guthrie is an average player in a poor league and he most definitely can’t play out wide (left or right) on Saturday he kept drifting infield and leaving Simpson exposed and offering no outlet for him up the line. When Pancrate came on for the last few minutes he gave the side more balance and we scored from him getting to the byline and getting in a cross. Guthrie needs to play in the centre with either Nolan or Smith, not all 3 in the same team.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 22, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree he canny play on the wings but he could play in a KK style 4-3-3
    I disagree with you though on saying he is an average player.
    This guy is only 22 and has a stylle about him like Gerrard and i reckon if we can put him in CM he will grow into one of the country`s finest.
    He has Vision,passing ability(excluding wed nights game) and a scoring ability.
    He aint the finished article nut the best we have had since Lee/Speed


    Feb 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #3

    he was the only one i thought who deserved his pay check last season. everygame he played he fought as hard as he could. if all our players had his heart we’d be about 15 places above our current situation.

    besides that, he’s still learning his trade, but i think he has a fantasic football mind for being his age.

  • noir9

    Feb 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie certainly brings more energy, pace & movement to the center of midfield. If we need to be more solid away from home, I’d keep him in the middle with Ryan Taylor on the right.

  • Doocey

    Feb 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Guthrie is a good player and is only young.

    I think he’ll be a very good player in time, and already has shown glimpses of his potential.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 22, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    My first thought on hearing that Guthrie had been moved out wide due to Routledge’s injury was, “how rubbish must Pancake have been in training to not use him?”

    I still think Guthrie is going to be a core player for us for a while. Everyone bangs on about what creative midfielders we should sign (usually unattainable) but never consider the possibility of bringing through what we’ve got.

    He’s always done well in the central role. Hell, he played there on Saturday regardless of where CH put him on the sheet. Not sure about huge plaudits as he left a huge gap for Simpson to fill – but what he did do he did well.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 22, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Noir – agree with that. Taylor’s been good recently, so stick him in front of Simpson and keep developing Guthrie where he belongs – in the middle.

    Trouble is, that means dropping either Smith or Nolan. Both did good on Satda. Tricky.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 22, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #8

    His best game for us was his first game agaist Man Utd where his ball retention was top class.

    Sometimes he decides to spin about 5 times and turn the player 5 times before passing, but he does have great vision.

    Pass for Nolan for Carrols goal the other week would make any player in the country proud.


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