Wayne Routledge Looking Like Bargain Buy


Wayne Routledge returned from injury last night, and had a very good game on Newcastle’s right wing.

Wayne Routledge – threat on Newcastle’s right wing

Wayne was especially potent during Newcastle’s pulsating start to the game,  when they had Scunthorpe stretched all over the place.

And after being missing for the last 4 games with his calf  injury, Chris Hughton thought that Wayne showed what a threat the 25 year-old, is when he plays.

Chris talked about his new right winger after the game:

“It was a great run and through ball,””I thought his overall contribution was very good and he gives us a different dimension in wide areas.”

“Physically he’s a very fit and strong boy and it was pleasing to see him come through the whole game and still be going well in the second half.”

“He took a whack just after half-time but picked himself to get on with it.”  “He showed his value to the team tonight and it’s a major boost to have him back.”

We’re not sure exactly how much Newcastle paid out to QPR for the player, but it was probably  around £1.5M.   That was another bargain for the Newcastle club.

Of course the big question with Wayne is can he become a star in the Premiership next season, and finally fulfill his massive potential?

He has certainly started his Newcastle career with some aplomb, and he gives Newcastle a threat down the right wing, to balance the Gutierrez  threat down the other wing.

That’s got to be good.

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Mar 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    He is looking like a good player. But as I said on the Carroll no. 9 shirt he will need to prove himself at the top level. We have too many players that I am unsure over, will they be able to perform at the top level :

    Routledge (think he might but he needs to prove it)
    Ameobi (not likely; had his chances to prove himself)
    Pancrate (too hit and miss)
    R. Taylor (possible fringe player for next season)
    Best ( pigs aren’t flying yet)

    And thats just the names that immediately come to mind. Im sure there are a couple more

    And even to an extent (but these are mainly because I have not seen them have a chance to really prove themselves at the top level but I believe they may cope well but still a bit of a risk though)

    Carroll
    Ranger
    Simpson
    Kadar

    This is maybe a little harsh on them as they have not had a chance to prove themselves as I have already said but that’s four current first team squad players and with the other 4 that’s 8 out of about a squad of 20 i am unsure of. We need new faces in next season and we need around 5 premiership standard players otherwise we will go into next season not really knowing how our team will fare at the top level at all.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Interesting thoughts from Pearceet. However, if we hadn’t been relegated Carroll would have probably been on loan to a Championship or Div 1 club and thoroughly dejected. Instead we have grown a £5m striker (and rising) in a few months. We would have have gladly swapped him and cash for Beckford in July, so just goes to show…

    Ranger (at best) is case unproven, but if he was unable to seize his chance this season at this level he will not get a look in next year – so he will need some Championship loan experience to get match sharp I suspect.

    Kadar is not ready to face Drogba & Torres, or even Bellamy & Milner for that matter.

    Simpson is going to have a torrid time if some of his displays this year are repeated. Without Colo’s always intelligent covering we would have been sunk on several occasions.

    All of which points to the importance of retaining a core of class senior players so the kids can learn day in day out in training: Harps, Enrique, Colo, Jonas, Smudger, Willo, Taylor S, Lovenkrantz, Nolan, Guthrie. Two or three more class players will help raise the bar and increase competition for places, it is that competition for places day in day out that has ensured we have been able to take on the challenge this year.

    All too often in the past (no names, but we know who you are..) names have been permanently inked in on the team sheet. Now nobody’s position is safe, and that’s how it should be next year. And if bench warmers are simply content to draw wages & pull on a tracksuit week after week, send them to Scunthorpe or Doncaster in November as a wake up call.

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  • OHurley

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    pearceet-

    Can we ever really know how our club will fare prior to a season starting? I agree though. At least 3-5 proven premiership players. Leighton Baines is a good example. Or at least a player that solid. Not the flashiest or most technical, but SO solid. That’s what we need. Solid. I think we already have a core group of lads who are up to the challenge, and IMHO, we need to add a fullback, a central mid, and a striker. Possibly a winger capable of playin’ on the left or right. This would sort our problems out, I believe.

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  • chuck

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmmm, zat so !

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  • chuck

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Looks like we have the makings of some excellent fantasy football managers above.

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  • ptangyangkippabang

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Why not give the players who acheive promotion the chance to play in the “promised land”? I for one have enjoyed seeing players playing as a team and having pride in the shirt they wear. The football may not be Keegan-esque but it seams to be improving as the season goes. Better still, lets trust the current manager to carry on process of making Newcastle a place where youngsters come through the ranks and make the first team. Last night Barcelona had seven players on the field from their acadamy….

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Simpson and Routledge are good for the Premier League. Simpson has had experience of it before, and going on loan to another Premier League club in Blackburn in my mind shows that other teams have recognised his ability, I remember he got a good few run outs at Man U as well.
    As for Routledge, I think he has proven himself at that level, he has had experience. Beattie and Upson are good cases studies – both spent 1 or 2 seasons in the Championship at around the same age with Brum and Sheff U respectively and they’re established EPL players.

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