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.