We know there are still some doom and gloomers around, who insist that Newcastle will struggle next season, back in the Premiership.
Danny Guthrie – good player in the making on Tyneside
And they have been given some ammunition today by the bookies, who are usually fairly accurate if only because big money is often involved.
Newcastle have rather amazingly been grouped in with the likes of newly promoted Blackpool (32 points behind Newcastle last season) and West Bromwich Albion and West Ham, as clubs likely to struggle next season.
Newcastle are offered at 11-4 today – to go be relegated next season.
But don’t tell that to confident young Danny Guthrie, who has alweays had a positive approach in his time on Tynesoide, and has often looked a great player in the nmaking since he was signed a coupl,ke of years ago from Liverpool.
Danny talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t think we are going up just to survive, we want to thrive in the Premier League in coming years.” “People last season said we’d struggle in the Championship but we didn’t.”
“You always want to prove people wrong like that.” “We know how difficult it will be next season.” “But with the quality we’ve got and a few additions, it bodes well.”
Certainly the Newcastle players showed last season that they were wary of the naysayers, and went about their job last season quite brilliantly in fighting for points in every single game.
You have to give enormous credit to the manager Chris Hughton, and he will again have that siege mentality in action as Newcastle fight like hell next season, in every single game they play.
That’s something they didn’t have when they were relegated – and as soon as the lads went behind that was almost it – game over- but they still picked up their massive wages.
“We will look to keep that same attitude next season. Nothing came easy for us last season, we will have to work hard for every result.”
“It could have been deemed a culture shock, and if we’d have shied away from that, we could have been in trouble.” “There were a lot of midweek games at small grounds playing in the cold, but all of that was part of playing in that league.”
“I think we adapted to that really well.” “To get promoted in the way we did was a credit to us.”
Next season will be an important one for young Danny as he will have to stake his claim to become a starter for Newcastle.
And he will have considerable competition from the likes of Smith, Nolan and Barton, but Danny showed earlier this year that he was more than capable of playing great for Newcastle, especially when Newcastle were in an attacking mood.
Guthrie knows exactly what he needs to do next season, and he is certainly looking forward to the challenge:
“I’ve matured a bit as a player and you become wiser.” “As much as relegation actually helped my career personally, I don’t want to do it again.”
“You always want to go into a new season as a better player and looking to brush up on things in your game.”
“I see my best years in front of me and as a Newcastle United player hopefully.” “Next year will be a massive test, not just for me, for everybody.”
“We want to show everybody we are Premier League players.”
Danny’s best years are definitely in front of him, and how he performs next year will largely decide how Newcastle fare in the league.
We have to hope the 22 year-old comes through big time because the very least thing we want next season is another relegation fight. We’re not sure the old heart will stand it.