Danny Guthrie is one of Newcastle’s up and coming players, and the lad turns 24 years old this Wednesday.
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Guthrie said today:
“It was a good season for me last year. In the first half of the season I was playing out wide a lot and it is always difficult when your preferred position is in the middle, but my main aim was I wanted to play.”
“I was asked to do a job and I did it for the team.” “It was not a problem, but after Christmas I had a chance in the middle and I took it with both hands, which I was pleased with.”
“It was probably the best spell I have had at Newcastle.” “Hopefully, I can get a good season under my belt and start in one of the central positions this season.”
“I am going to be coming up against some of the best players in the world in that position, but it is a great feeling.” “It is a good feeling to put yourself against the best players and you like to think you can hold your won against them. I just have to prove it.”
It’s never nice to go through a relegation season, but like most difficult things in life – if you can survive it – it makes you stronger – and that’s what Danny seems to think about Newcastle’s relegation season, as he continued:
“I do think I am a better player after a year in the Championship, not that I want to do it again.” “It makes you stronger in terms of your mental strength, as well as physically.”
“Also because I have that sense of achievement at the end of it.” “We proved a lot of people wrong last season.” “It was a really positive experience for me as a player and a person, but it is not one I ever want to do again.”
We have high hope for Danny but he’s going to find it very difficult to break into Newcastle’s central midfield this season, as he battles it out with Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and others for the right to start in that position.
But Danny is also flexible, and he can also play out wide, so we see him getting a good number of appearances for Newcastle this season, which is vital for him, as he is now almost 24, and needs to make his mark in the team.
Since arriving from Liverpool in the summer of 2008, Danny has appeared 70 times for Newcastle with 7 goals.