Is Danny Guthrie A Budding Star At Newcastle?

It will be interesting to see how our 22 year-old young midfielder Danny Guthrie performs in the Premiership next season.

Danny Guthrie – 22 year old Shrewsbury-born midfielder

Danny told the Evening Chronicle today:

“For me, now it is about looking to be a big part of Newcastle in the future.” “I want to play again for the club in the Premier League.”

“People said at the start of the season that we would struggle, and it’s always nice to prove people wrong.” “We know how difficult it will be next season, but that’s the sort of thing we want to do again.”

“You want to prove people wrong, and prove you’re playing in the league you deserve to be in.” “It’s been a tough season and, as good as it has been for my career playing in the Championship, I don’t want to do it again.”

“I think you will see a better player, and that’s only natural. I’m 23 soon. I’ve matured, and aspects of my game have come on.” “Next season will be exciting for all of us.”

But Danny knows that one area where Newcastle already have some intense competition is in central midfield, with Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt  and Nolan also fighting it out for  a starting position.

And while we don’t think Butt will be playing at Newcastle next season, the club will almost certainly bring in another top midfielder in the summer.

Joey continued:

“There are a lot of central midfielders at the club, and it does keep you on your toes.” “One or two games below par and you’re going to be replaced.”

“It’s always in the back of your mind because of the quality of players that are waiting to come in.” Guthrie is under no illusions, knowing the bar is about to be raised next season.”

“The quality of the opposition will be a lot better.” “But, with a couple of additions, and with the spirit and the quality we’ve already got here, we will have more than enough to be there next year.”

If Danny is to get a lot of games next season, he will need to be more consistent, and of course be played in the central role which seems easily his best position.

One aspect of his game he needs to improve is his goalscoring, and he can take a cue about that from team-mate Kevin Nolan, who already has 15 goals this season.

Guthrie has five goals, and if he is to get anywhere near players like Lampard and Gerrard (which he’s often said is his ultimate ambition), that’s an area of  his game that needs improvement – and the very fact that he’s playing more games now will also help the young former Liverpool trainee.

For the record Guthrie has 38 appearances this season fort the Magpies, and a grand total of 119 first class appearances spread between Newcastle and Liverpool, and also Bolton Wanderers and Southampton, where he played on loan.

He has only 8 goals in that number, so he has improved his goal-scoring this season, and we think he’s being pushed by Chris Hughton to do just that.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Since Enrique scored his goal, he has shown a whole new level of playmaking fervor. If that development continues, with quality, the NUFC middies will have to have a new set of skills to display. It will be quite interesting to see who rises to that challenge. It will make for a competitive training camp!

  • lesh

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie appears to be an uncomplicated sort of lad who with the right coaching and first-team games will mature into another Gerrard.

    Let’s hope the club see that and get him signed up long term, pronto!

  • Darling27

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s the new Rob Lee!!!

  • Ericles

    Apr 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I like the comparison with Rob Lee. Let us hope so. If that is true then he will be a grand man for NUFC.

  • Davies

    Apr 8, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Already very good in his central midfield role and with bags of room for development. Looks like he was a very shrewd purchase. Couldn’t be happier with him at the moment.

    Another plus; he broke Craig Fagan’s leg last season. Top man (not the shop).

  • wsquare

    Apr 8, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    holding midfielder needed. parker please lol

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    I increasingly believe that we need to sell at least one central midfielder – probably Smith. We all seem to believe that we need to get in an attacking midfielder to give us a cutting edge, but having five midfielders fighting for two places won’t work. We need players who can play defensively – Nolan can at Premiership level, but I think Smith will struggle. Can Barton? Attacking-wise, we’ve got Barton, Guthrie and Nolan all able to push forward. Do we need three players all able to take this role?

    As odd as this may sound, it just feels like we have too many similar players (although I appreciate that they’re not entirely similar, but none are exactly specialists and don’t stand head and shoulders over the others).

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    If only Guthrie could tackle well, he’d make a great passing holding midfielder.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m a big fan of Guthrie and do hope he will develope into a solid PL midfielder.

    I dont think he is a Gerrard / Lampard and will never be…….he doesnt score enough or create enough.

    But Guthrie is a different player and can mix it better than the 2 other players mentioned.

    Fletcher at Man U has shown that uncomplicated player can become such an important player for any team.

    For me rather than goals, i would like to see Guthrie just become more consistant.

  • Laposna

    Apr 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Sign on free:

    Cacau (28 or 29) – Stutgaart
    Kevin Kuraniy (29) – Schalke

    Both have 3 good years in their feets


    Apr 8, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Think Guthrie is a great prospect for the future can only see the young lad improving myself,the more he plays the better hes going to get.Though he is not Gerrard or Lampard yet,2 or 3 years down the line who knows,and he will only be 25 then,and just starting to come into his prime.


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