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.
“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.