Danny Sean Guthrie’s best position is central midfield, but with Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan nailing down those positions most of the season, he doesn’t get to play there very often.
Danny Guthrie – best position is central midfield
But when he has played there, for instance against Cardiff City and Coventry City this year at St. James’ Park, when Newcastle went to town and won 5-1 and 4-1 respectively, he’s been Newcastle’s star player.
And we wonder if there’s a coincidence to those being the times when Newcastle have completely dominated the games, when Danny plays in central midfield.
He’s not as good a player out on the wing, but that hasn’t stopped the Shrewsbury-born player from setting up several goals from his corners and crosses, when he plays out there.
In fact both goals last Saturday started from Danny’s crosses.
But at 22 years-old, Danny is still young and he’s wise to say he will remain patient, and seems happy enough just to play anywhere for the Magpies, which is a great attitude to have.
But today on Tyneside, it seems the vast majority of the players at the Newcastle club have excellent attitudes, and want to be at the famous club, and boy does it make a difference and show through!
Danny talked about his favorite position:
“That’s my favourite position, and it’s where I play my best football,” “But I’ve had to be patient, and wait for a chance.”
“I’ve played there since I was young. It’s obviously my best position, but we’ve had a way of playing, and that’s worked for us as we’ve been top of the league for most of the season.”
“I played there against Cardiff and Coventry, and really enjoyed it, but for most of the season I’ve had to play in a wider role which has been to help and aid the team.”
“I’ll stay patient. We’re top, so it was obviously working, but it was nice to get a couple of games there. It was nice to show what I can do.”
We still have high hopes that Guthrie can still improve significantly, and become the great box to box midfielder he often promises with his mature displays.
But staying patient right now is something that will also stand in him in good stead, because he’ll continue to get plenty of playing time on Tyneside.
He’s another great buy the Newcastle club has made, when we picked him up from Liverpool in the summer of 2008 for at most £2M – when Kevin Keegan was still at the club – and what a bargain the lad has turned out to be.
But we also think he will only get better.