Wayne Routledge Has Made Newcastle Into An Attacking Force

Since Wayne Routledge came to Newcastle in January, Newcastle have become a much more attacking side, especially at home.

Wayne Routledge – looks a good buy

Routledge was signed on January 26th and played regularly at home as Hughton used an attacking 4-4-2 formation, which used his two threats, Routledge and Gutierrez down the wings.

After Routledge arrived – Newcastle won in successive  home games  2-0 against Crystal Palace, 5-1 against Cardiff City,  4-1 against Coventry, 3-0 against Preston, 6-1 against Barnsley and 3-0 against Scunthorpe.

24 goals in 6 games – not bad, not bad at all – and it’s exactly what Newcastle fans want to see.

Suddenly the lads seem to have little difficulty scoring at home, and the question then became –  how many could they score?

With Pancrate leaving in the summer we expect Newcastle to bring a new winger in,  to fight for a place down one of the wings.

And only today, Newcastle manager Hughton praised the excellent contribution of his two wingers, who seem to set up (and score) the goals at St. James’ Park.

Chris also admitted he had given Jonás Gutiérrez, Spiderman,  more of an attacking free reign since Routledge arrived.

Chris said today:

“Probably in the second half of the season we have come into our own and been able to express ourselves a bit more.”

“With the form of Jonás Gutiérrez and Routledge it has been a good pointer to that.”

“Jonás is a handful. He is a player with real high energy and, the same as any wide player, when he has a low period in the game you know in that same game he will soon come good again.”

Of course the Newcastle fans saw the Spiderman mask on Saturday, as the brilliant Argentine scored his 4th goal of the year.

And it looks to us like he’s been practicing on the training field, coming inside from the left wing, taking on players, and slotting the ball into the back of the net.

He’s improved that part of his play greatly this year, and was exactly what he did for Newcastle’s first crucial goal on Saturday.

In fact both wingers scored two excellent goals on Saturday, since Routledges’ second for Newcastle and the fourth in the game was a peach.

If Jonas and Wayne keep up their good form next season, they could be top players at the club, and could make Newcastle into a great attacking side, once again.

We have to hope so, in any case.  😀

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I honestly think he has all the attributes to do well in the Premier League, he has pace, is strong, can beat a player, so I think it all bodes well for next season BUT the only criticism I would have is I sometimes think he is very one dimensional in his play, i.e. he passes the ball past the defender and relies on his pace to get to it… He doesn’t seem to have too many tricks up his sleeve, however I think he will do just fine! 🙂

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Tom4Nufc, I see where you’re coming from, but against Nottingham Forrest he kept doing the C.Ronaldo style flick inside, must have seen it a good 3 or 4 times but it beat the defender every time!

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah he has some great qualities and he has no problem running and running and is happy to do it ten times to get through twice. I think it can tire the rest of the team out but with roughtledge doing it as well on the other side the lads they will be getting some good chances and have to get there butts into gear.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Qaulity player

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Thats true Charlietoon, I like our wings with Jonas and Wayne as they never give up and keep going and going, lose the ball then run back and try to get it… Its a very good ethos to have in a team!

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Routledge has made a huge difference in one particular area and that is the balance of the team!

    Yes there are better crossers and better dribblers. But Jonas couldnt cross his arms at times and Beckham has never beaten any defender in his career………he is a simliar player to Lennon and i wouldnt mind him in our squad.

    Great signing, hope he takes his game to the next level……..over to you Wayne.

  • NIToon1

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Fully agree with The Entertainers and thing Routledge will prove it at the highest level. Regardless, he has already proved to be an absolute bargain!


    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Routledge is a great player when going forward,as long as he tracks back and helps when we are under pressure, i am sure he will be a big player for us in the coming years.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Tom4Nufc I know what you are saying but in reality most players with real pace do not need trickery and players with loads of tricks do not try to develop great speed, it is very rare that you will find a footballer with both attributes.

    If a defender cannot handle your pace why go to all the bother of tricks? Just leave that to the likes of w**kers like ronaldo and such. If the defender cannot handle you just knock it past him and run on by he then has to foul you and once he is on a yellow your job is even easier.


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