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.
“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.