Wayne Routledge Just Loving Life At Newcastle

Wayne Routledge has continued this season where he left off last season, and has been in sparkling form for the Magpies so far in the Premier League.

Wayne Routledge – loving life at Newcastle

Wayne’s pace, skill and running on the right wing has been a pain in the side to most of the Newcastle opposition since he arrived on Tyneside from QPR last January.

And he was delighted with last Sunday’s big win against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park:

“The result against Aston Villa has given everyone a lot of confidence, it was an unbelievable result.”  “You work hard all week preparing for the game, but you do not get too many results like that.”

“It could not have gone any better for us really. It is nice to win in that manner, no matter which division you are in, but it was important for us to get a home win under our belts quickly.”

“We feel we belong in the Premier League, but we also have to prove we are good enough.” “We are here on merit after coming up as Champions, but that result has given everyone a lot of self-belief. The trick with a result like that is to follow up.”

“You do not want to get too carried away by it because we are two games into a very long season. We have another tough game against Wolves away from home, but the aim has got to be to take some points from that and build on what we did to Villa.”

Routledge was a top youngster, but he has never developed into the kind of  excellent player he threatened to become around five years ago.

But he has shown signs of doing that at Newcastle, where he has been outstanding for the Tyneside club.

Wayne, who has had 8 clubs in his short career:

Year       Club                Games  Goals
2001-2005  Crystal Palace 	123	10
2005–2008  Tottenham Hotspur 	  5	 0
2006	   Portsmouth (loan) 	 13	 0
2006–2007  Fulham (loan)	 28	 1
2008–2009  Aston Villa	          8	 0
2008–2009  Cardiff City (loan)	  9	 2
2009–2010  Queens Park Rangers	 49	 7
2010–	   Newcastle United      19      3

Wayne puts it down to wanting to settle down at a club,  and he feels he has found that club in Newcastle United.

Routledge continued:

“I came here looking to put down roots and that is what I have done.” “I have never been happier. I have been at a lot of clubs, but I have found something really good here.”

“I am really enjoying it. I get on really well with everyone and I think that shows in my football.” “I needed that. It has gone really well for me up here.” “I had to get settled at a club, find a club where I felt a part of it.”

“I feel as though I can express myself here.” “Your teammates give you the confidence to do that. When you are happy and settled, that will always be when you play your best football.”

“We are all striving for the same thing, which is to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League and hopefully a little bit more than that.”  “I have a point to prove as a Premier League player, but everyone has here. We have a point to prove every time we step out on to the pitch.”

“At the moment things are going well, but we have to maintain it. If we let our standards slip, it could all change very quickly.”

Wayne has brought a threat to the right wing that balances  that posed by Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing, and the London-born player has become an instant favorite with the Newcastle fans, who just love players with the skill that Wayne has in abundance.

We have to hope that Wayne will continue to show the outstanding form he has shown so far in his Newcastle career, and finally fulfil his enormous potential on Tyneside.

That would be great.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    good player .. if he can improve his crossing he’d be top quality .. although he’d villa rattled last week ..

  • Toon XI

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #2

    He won’t be liking it so much when Ben Arfa tales his place in the starting XI.

  • Toon XI

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3


  • Oleg G

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    He needs to improve and then he can be a great player.

    Crossing and Passing on time. Those are his weaknesses

  • Toon_fan83

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    I would much prefer and hope CH deploys BA behind carroll and removes Nolan from the starting line up. Routledge has been quality and nolan although gets on the scoresheet doesnt add anything else i would like somebody creative who also scores to fill that role.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    routledge wants to come inside too much for me, i think wingers to get balls into the box, especially when you have carroll up front, its what he needs, i think ben arfa will more than likely take his place in the side. And ben arfa wont be unveiled as a signing until monday lunch time apparently 🙁

  • Swedish striker

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Entertaining player. …. He gives to much away though …… But maybe he´ll up his performances now when competition on the wings hots up….

  • geordielad880

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    When every player is fit:-




    ———————————ben arfa

    subs:- krul, r taylor, williamson, guthrie, routledge, lovo, nolan

    its a good team and a strong bench, and we still have kadar, vuckic, smith, ameobi, xisco etc aswell 🙂

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9


    agree on routledge coming inside too much – problem is he cant use his left foot! Sometimes it works if our full back moves up into routs place but usually he takes it to jonas and jose where space is tight

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    geordie lad – defence? williamson has looked solid i dont think he should be left out
    but, if taylor is right back (does not come forward unless on the counter) space will be opened up for gosling and ben arfa to attack the right wing

  • toon95

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    He had some good runs against villa and got himself in positions where the best option was to shoot. He needs to improve his crossing but he does win a lot of corners.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree about williamson, but its only 2 games, campbell has got vast experience, and we will need it, especially away from home, when we are getting battered at times (it will happen) you need his leadership, and organisation, i have been impressed with willo though, i great signing at 1m 🙂 tony adams always said he rated the lad when he was at wycombe, and i trust his judgement

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Chris won’t leave Nolan out unless he gives the captaincy to another… !

    And that will be the start of the end of the team spirit.

  • baro

    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Well I believe that is the last time he will be saying that. Because its King Arfa time. Can’t wait to see KING ARFA play.

  • dublin mag steve

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #15

    geordielad880 tony adams was probly on the gargle when he said that adams was a good player but hes not the sharpest tool in the box i bet if he was at newcastle hed start campbell ahead of wiilo

  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #16

    baro I hope he does turn out to be king arfa and not just arfa crown 🙂


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