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.
“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.