Wayne Routledge Quickly Becoming Tyneside Favorite

Wayne Routledge was always a player with loads of skill when he was a youngster at Crystal Palace and Tottenham, and it seems the boy is now mature and starting to fulfil his tremendous  potential.

Wayne Routledge – looks good since coming to Newcastle

Certainly the way Wayne has started his Newcastle career is more than encouraging,  and his speed and skill down the right win are exactly what Newcastle fans want to see, and Wayne had another good game on Monday evening.

Wayne has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today, and he started by praising manager Chris Hughton:

“I have a lot of respect for Chris Hughton after he brought me here.”   “He showed faith in me and he has kept doing that by playing me in games.”

“You don’t forget that, and you want to keep on doing well.”  “The boys have responded to his words all season.”

“To not lose a game at home and just a handful away is a real tough achievement. When you consider that everybody wants to beat Newcastle, it’s amazing.”

“But everybody here is geared up for it.”  “Every player knows what we are trying to do and fingers crossed we’ll get there in the next few games.”

And next season Wayne will get a big chance to prove just how good he is these days.

Wayne talked about the Premier league as he continued:

“Everybody wants to play in the Premier League. I’m no different, and to do it for Newcastle United with these fans behind you is surely the ambition of any player who has aims for the top.”

“The quicker we’re back and cement our place, the better.” “To play in the Premier League with Newcastle United would make me the happiest man alive.”

The 25 year-old Routledge, who was born in Sidcup, London,  was absolutely  delighted after the big win over Nottingham Forest on Monday night, and he thinks the players now at Newcastle want to have an impact next year in the Premiership.

That sounds good.

Wayne continued:

“Beating Nottingham Forest made it a great night for everybody involved with this club.” “We got the three points and it was massive.”

“You could see by everybody’s faces by the end of the game how much it meant to beat them.”

“The conditions were difficult but you just have to adapt to them. We still went out and played our game.” “It was just nice to come out on the winning team.”

It looks to us that a player like Wayne was born to play at a club like Newcastle.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Wayne Routledge is just one player who  needs to fulfill his potential next season, if Newcastle are indeed to have a decent season and not be involved in another relegation tussle.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • boater

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Reminds me of an SBR ‘give n go’, little bobby dazzler type of player, which is to say we’re moving in the right direction. Woeful lack of technique in the team until recently.

    One player who has the stuff to live with the premiership surely, unlucky not to score on monday and his flighted balls in to carroll in the 1st half were stunning.

  • Chris F

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    He has made an encouraging start, and took the game by the scruff of the neck in the last half hour or so on monday.

    If he can do that week in, week out, we could have a gem on our hands, but we’ll have to wait and see how he copes up against more accomplished defences next season.

    One thing he did show on Monday is that, unlike Jonas, he isn’t shy of pulling the trigger when he gets a bit of space, he could’ve ripped the net with one of thoe 20yard shots he had.

  • nomis_jade

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    He is just the sort of player that the team (and fans) have been crying out for over the last couple of seasons. He’s rapid, can beat a man and has that little bot of spark which can make all our other players seem much better. Lovenkrands for one has got on the end of his passes a number of times.
    I think him and Guti will be more than enough of a problem for the teams will be expecting to get points off next season (in the Prem). I just hope we can keep them both fit, because they really are the only technical players on our team – except for Enrique who is actually amazin and Colo who is also actually very skillful. Anyone see is turn on the edge of the box against forest to win a free kick for guthrie near the end?
    Just hope he can cut it defensively and i reckon he can. I think he has improved loads since he arived.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    i have no doubts about him, he has good strength, great vision, end product and auwesome pace, he and jonas have been the best proper wingers in this league this season by a country mile

  • ToonTex

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Wayne, show Jonas how to cross please.

  • Aza9

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    On the back of my shirt 😉

  • gorskino10

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Im sorry but he has lost the ability to beat his defender, he always gets the ball and looks back (remember when he got boo’d when he had lots of empy space infront and he passed it back) And for the games i’ve seen he has been quite poor in all the games, he seems a player who is poor in 3 games and then has 1 good game then back to playing poor again! he isn’t the answer to what we need i hoped this move would of sparked same reaction to when Harry went to Spurs to Lennon! He will make a good sub but nothing more than that hopefully Haughton can buy another versitle winger who can cut it in the Premiership! Anyone who thinks he has been great is deluded.

  • Thump

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anybody else noticed that Mr. Routledge has a bicep in his chin?

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Mar 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Certainly looks the part at home but so far im yet to see that replicated consistently away from St James’ Park.

    That needs to change if hes going to be an influencial player for us in the Premier League.

  • komfort

    Mar 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    he’s one of few good CCC players at the club…..let’s hope the majority can step up to the plate next season…if they can and fat man invests about £20 mil on 3/4 players then that should see us finishing comfortably in mid table….god willing.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11


    Just stole this off BBC 606, but remember this?? What a differance 7/8 months makes.

  • balubas1

    Mar 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Wayne Routledge was just the type of player Newcastle needed. He is not a superfast winger, but has good speed and flair. He is a step in the right direction for Newcastle towards playing better football.

    The lack of creativity is still evident in midfield, but wayne has helped to decrease this need for now. All credit to Nolan (a real winner!) and Guthrie. But along with Smith, Butt and Barton, there is not really any unpredictable players that can cause disruption in oppositions defence. A team needs balance and Newcastle have had too many “safe” players lately, only playing the simple, easy read passes. With Jonas on the left and Wayne on the right we can create more instability in oppositions defence.

    Still I must say I miss an intelligent central midfield playmaker playing crosses and through passes. Nobby was a winger, but he is the kind of player I’m talking about.

  • alan shearer

    Mar 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    for the coming transfer window..we should consider the following.
    rb..luke young?
    midfielder..ohara(can play at left wing,share burden with jonas?),skejibred(replace smith..so we can sell him?),zokora from sevilla?(also to cover smith),cleverly(flair)
    forward..boyd(proven goal scorer)..cisse(pace)..but i seriously doubt keane will come to us?..cameron jerome?..
    how about looking at france/germany/dutch league?
    example..suarez?..if too expensive…how about de jong?..thinking of de jong makes me think of man city..maybe we can try zabaleta/micah richards for rb?.
    germany we can tink keissling?kuranyi?
    spainish side..i tink pablo is too expensive..juan albin is more of a certainty..
    but i tink free transfer for kris boyd is a top must for us…marc janko is the next top target i juts thought of..
    we can let go the following:
    ranger to loan

    hleb..is there an article says he does not want to play in eng football..waste..flamini?..he is another talented and hardworking player..
    ..leftback..i think we can stick with tamas kadar as cover..its time to let him grow and flourish..
    if wanna a championship player..james perch is a hardened player i tot..
    adel tarabbt is another one..but i scared a bust up will happen with barton..lol..

  • nightfa11

    Mar 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    shearer – flamini would be great 🙂 we probably have 0,1% chance of signing him, but..would be great to have him:)

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 31, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Boyd is a lazy s**t and as for being a proven scorer that is only against the weak defences in Scottish football.

    He gives nothing to the team from the point of view of work ethic and will not defend, a big no thanks on that one.

  • Oba

    Mar 31, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #16

    When talking about the players we will and will not be able to sign you have to remember how big we are in comparison to other sides that have gone up in recent years – Hull/Burnley/Wolves

    Pretty sure we’d be in the Top 10 of Prem teams a player would want to join – due to our finances, stadium and history.

    We could attract Flamini – no doubt.


    Apr 1, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Think hes very good going forward is routledge,has a cannon of a right foot.My only concern about him is your right back aint going to be able to bomb forward very much,as defensively i think hes weak at it,if he learns to track back more he could well be top notch player for us.


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