Guthrie Makes Strong Claim To Newcastle’s Central Midfield

Danny Guthrie always looked a good player, since he was signed from Liverpool in the summer of 2008, as a budding 21 year-old.

Danny Guthrie – having a good year

But this year Danny had made big strides in an attempt to lay claim to a starting central midfield position at Newcastle.

He’s a good attacking midfielder, who can spray the passes around from the middle of the park, but he’s also got an eye for goal too, having bagged 5 goals this season.

But the best part of his game is the goals he creates for other players, and so far this season he has 11 assists.

And two of them were on Wednesday night for big Andy Carroll, as he put over one of his pin-point corners, for Carroll to head home like the proverbial speeding bullet.

That was followed in the second half  by a terrific ball that put Andy Carroll clean through on goal, and Andy didn’t miss.

But there’s still significant competition in Newcastle’s central midfield, with Smith, Nolan, Butt and Joey Barton all fighting for a starting position there.

Chris Hughton talked about Guthrie’s ability to set up goals:

“We know Danny is capable of that and it was a great ball for Andy’s second goal.”

“When Danny is on the ball he is able to pick that pass and make things happen.”

“His delivery from deadballs is also very good and we’ve scored quite a few goals recently either directly or indirectly from his set-pieces.”

“He’s enjoying playing in the middle of midfield right now and he’s doing well.”

But there’s no doubt that right now Danny is making a major claim for the starting central midfield position at Newcastle, and we hope the 22 year-old continues to play well for Newcastle, as we try to nail down that automatic  promotion spot.

When Danny’s in form, he’s an exciting great player to watch in the middle of the park, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Mar 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Keegan always had a good eye for talent.

  • OHurley

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Optimally, we should bring in a player like Jack Wilshere. A lad who’s nowt more than a bairn but with great talent. Guthrie bein’ paired up with him in the centre like, and with Danny boy bein’ the older, the two of them will compete constantly and just get better and better. I think this might be preferable to bringin’ an older bloke who didn’t fight, didn’t sweat, didn’t graft to get the Toon through this season. Makes me think that a player might feel little shafted like.

  • ToOn_26

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #3

    our definite 1st choice central midfielder

  • jimiley

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie has made an irresistable claim to the centre of midfield. Everyone can see it except Hughton. The manager will play Smith and Nolan, when fit. Thats why Hughton will fail in the Prem. Hughton has achieved a team spirit this season and deserves credit for that. The players have got us promoted in spite of Hughton’s lack of insight. The players are not good enough to succeed in the Prem without a smart manager. CH is not good enough. He is another Hull City type manager…. regrettably!!!

  • jimiley

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    And to those of you who say lets wait and see how Hughton copes in the Prem, I say, look at his record in the Prem. As caretaker manager he won virtually nothing. A few points in 30 odd.

  • MacToon

    Mar 19, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully seeing 2 of Nolan, Butt or Smith in midfield will be a thing of the past with Guthrie playing so well there and Barton back fit again.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #7

    jimiley look at the circumstances. He was working with other managers teams and was always a short term replacement with no time or support to do his own thing and get the players playing the way he wanted.

    This is the first time he has had his own team and also the actual position of manager and look what he has done. Apart from Best I think every one of his signings has done well and I cant think of a player we lost in the sale that I am actually missing.

  • tripp

    Mar 19, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Charlie, I agree. Judging anybody last season would be difficult. The side was utter shite, mostly down to morale. No togetherness, no graft. Most managers would have struggled to get much out of that side. Owen and Martins were missing sitters on a regular basis. The players were just absolute rubbish last season. Relegation was the best thing that could have happened to the club, IMO. It was the kick in the bollocks that a lot of people at the club needed.

    I have my doubts about Hughton in the Prem, but the side is completely different to the side that went down last season. We won’t know ’til we get there. Let’s get there first.


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