Wayne Routledge has looked a new player since he arrived on Tyneside, from QPR, in late January, when he joined the Magpies’ push for promotion.
Wayne Routledge – has looked exciting for the Magpies
And since Wayne arrived, starting in early February, Newcastle’s next 6 home games produced 6 wins and 24 goals.
And it was Routledge who seemed to revitalize the Newcastle attack down the right wing, as he started to produce what Argentine winger Gutierrez had been doing all season down the left wing – terrorizing opposition defenses.
That double barreled attack down the wings was great to see, and made Newcastle into a much more potent and attacking side, at least at home.
Routledge has so far appeared 13 times for Newcastle with 2 goals, and he’s looked a bargain buy for the Magpies.
Today he has said he is looking forward to next season in the Premiership, and will learn from his previous disappointments in England’s top league.
This is what Wayne told The Sun today:
“You have to learn from the disappointments you go through.” “I know only too well how tough it’s going to be in the Premier League, but I cannot wait to play there again.”
“It has been frustrating for me the last few times I’ve been there. All you want to do is play, everyone will tell you that, and I did not have the chance to do that.”
“Hopefully I’m a better player for that. I certainly feel that I’ve improved and now I just can’t wait for next season.”
“This has been a great move for me. I’m enjoying playing now, especially when you have 50,000 cheering you on every week. It’s a nice place to be just now.”
It’s always a good sign that a person is maturing, when he can talk about previous disappointments and realize he can be stronger because of going through them, and also can learn from them.
Wayne has been getting tremendous support from the fans and the club on Tyneside, as they love to see a winger with the skill and speed the former Crystal Palace, Tottenham and QPR player obviously possesses.
And the two goals he has scored at St. James’ Park were crackers, including his goal on Saturday, when he drifted inside from the right wing, and then drilled the ball with his right foot, well beyond the reach of the Blackpool goalkeeper.
We don’t know if Routledge is coming good again, but we hope he is, and the 25 year-old could hardly have done much better since arriving on the banks of the Tyne.
Howay The Lads!!