One of the pleasing features this year at Newcastle is not only that we have done so well, but that Danny Guthrie seems to be emerging as a very good player in the center of midfield.
Danny Guthrie – two goals on Saturday
When you look at the stats for Danny, when he’s played in the center of midfield for Newcastle this year, then Newcastle have won big time.
Danny started central midfield against Cardiff City (5-1) Coventry City (4-1) and again on Saturday against Barnsley 6-1, and we have to believe his attacking style and fine play in those games contributed to Newcastle’s big wins.
The lad is still learning his trade and he has said before that he needs to score more goals to get close to top midfield players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, and it shows his ambition that he’s even thinking that way.
Well, Danny had another terrific performance on Saturday afternoon and helped himself to two goals to bring his total for the season up to five.
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admits he was pleased to see Danny Guthrie get his brace to finish off what he termed a terrific display from the 22 year-old on Saturday:
Hughton told Newcastle United TV:
“I was pleased for Danny to get those two goals because they capped a terrific display.”
“His first was a very good strike and we want to see that more from him.” “He is a smashing player who has got a very good finish on him.”
“We know he’s capable of those sort of goals and we hope to see a couple more.” “But, even with the goals apart, he did very well and had a very good game.”
Guthrie’s first goal was a great 20-yard strike, and his second was from a 30-yard free-kick, delivered from the left wing, that curled into the net whizzing through a number of players.
You can see the highlights of each goal here if you haven’t seen them yet.