Wayne Routledge has played extremely well for Newcastle since he signed last January from QPR, and we have to hope for Wayne’s sake, and that of the Newcastle club, he’s just as good in the Premiership next season.
Wayne Routledge – scoring at Plymouth
Routledge told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s been great to come here and get into such a good team. It’s a massive buzz to be heading back to the Premier League.”
“That’s why you play football. You want to play at the top level and test yourself against the top sides in the game. I’m certainly no different.”
“But I knew that when I came here I would have to play well to get back in the team.”
Newcastle have two more league games left, against Ipswich tomorrow afternoon, and at QPR a week on Sunday, and it will be bit of a disappointment if Newcastle cannot win both those game, to finish the season on 104 points and 31 wins in 46 games.
“It is going to be an amazing atmosphere when Ipswich come to town. I can’t wait – it’s going to be a massive occasion.”“To play in front of such a big crowd is a big buzz for all of us.”
One of the things that has happened this season is that Newcastle have become very professional in their approach to games, and the emphasis is always on how to win.
In addition at home manager Hughton usually goes all out on attack, and we look forward to a good attacking display from the lads tomorrow afternoon, when the Newcastle side will be awarded the Championship trophy following the game.
“We have to keep on doing a professional job. We did that at Plymouth. And now we’re looking for another good show and three more points to end the season at St James’.”
Routledge also seems delighted to be playing his football on Tyneside, even though it’s a long way from his London base.
He also thinks this is an exciting time to be at Newcastle, and says the players are just delighted to be promoted as Champions.
“It meant everything to the boys who have been here from the start, and it showed after the game.”
“It’s unbelievable. I’ve been promoted before as a player, but to be champions is a different level, and playing in front of the Newcastle fans has been brilliant.”
“It’s always an unbelievable crowd that follows us, and I can’t really come up with the words to describe my feelings at the moment.”
“Everyone knows what we’ve been trying to achieve, and the thing now is to get above 100 points. We also want to stay unbeaten at home.”
“The boys are all looking forward to it – it’s going to be unbelievable on Saturday.” “It’s sold out, and there’ll be a party atmosphere, but we’ve got a game to win as well.”
“It’s going to be emotional, but hopefully we can win the game, and have a party afterwards.” “It’s an unbelievable club, with an unbelievable atmosphere and tradition. Every time you run out, the fans give you their all, and long may that continue.”
We expect the coffers at the Newcastle club to start to fill up over the summer with season ticket sales likely to be brisk for life back in the Premiership.
In addition, we are waiting for the new strips and training gear from Puma, Newcastle’s new strip provider, and we have to think they will sell like hot cakes in what hopefully will become a new era at Newcastle.
And dare we say it, it may even become a successful new era, although we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground this summer.