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. 😀