There was some good news this week at Newcastle, and yes we know that may come as a surprise to some, but it is with the lads who are out injured at the moment.
Danny Guthrie – fit again and raring to go
We heard that goalkeeper Steve Harper could well be back in about four weeks time, and that would put him about 4 weeks ahead of the initial schedule with his shoulder injury, so that was good news, and young Steven Taylor returns to training on Monday, and could be ready to play quite quickly, following his own shoulder injury.
One player who is already back from injury, after being out since early August, is Danny Guthrie, and he forced himself into the starting line up last week against Wigan, and we expect him to keep his place today at West Ham.
This is what 23 year-old Danny said today:
“Newcastle have to prove that we are a Premier League club and I have to prove I am a Premier League player,”“The team has to show it belongs here and from personal point of view I have to show this is my level.”
“The pressure is on again after last week. These are the games where we need to be picking up points. Of course, everyone wants to be playing against Chelsea and the like, but I feel the really big games are the ones against the likes of West Ham who are likely to be around us.”
“It is funny really that the games we have targeted are the ones where we have not done so well. We have won ones we weren’t expected to.” “It’s weird. But in a way, a win against West Ham is more important than one against a Man United.”
“If we beat Man United one week, and then lose the next, we are no better off, in fact we could be worse because that team would be three points closer to us.”
With their poor home form, Newcastle will need to pick up points on the road, where they can, and it’s good we have 4 points so far from our 4 away games, otherwise we’d be in a lot worse position in the league table.
Guthrie will find it difficult to get into central midfield at Newcastle with Tiote, Barton, Nolan and Smith all competing for a place in the side in those positions, but he can also play on the wing, although he’s not as good there as he is in the middle of the park.
But it’s now up to Danny to show he’s good enough to force his way into central midfield this season, and certainly in the Championship this year, he played his best football ever on Tyneside, and has shown he can score a goal or two also.
Danny is as keen as ever to show he is a Premier League class player on Tyneside, and he was more than pleased to get into the side last Saturday.
“It was brilliant getting back into the team. It was a long two months for me, very frustrating. I was delighted to get the start, not so with the result. Now I have to put myself in a position to be a regular in the team. I have ambitions to be a top player and I think I have that ability if I can get a consistent run in the team. That is what is needed.”
“Career-wise you never know what is going to happen. You can have a good two or three months and then you can end up getting called up into the England squad. I believe in my own ability. It is just about putting it all together.”
“You just want all your ambitions to fall into place if you are playing well, week in, week out.” “There is a lot of competition in the middle of the park. There are a few players that can play in there so I will have to work even harder if I am going to play in there.”
We have a sneaking suspicion that Danny will again start on the right wing today, in preference to Wayne Routledge, in what is shaping up to be another crucial game for the lads.
West Ham are in decent form and it seems like manager Avram Grant has sorted the team out, and he now has them playing solid football at the moment, with a good 6 points from their last 4 league games, in which they have been unbeaten.
A draw would be a decent result, but we’d just love to see the lads get their second away win in the league today.
If that happens we’ll be celebrating indeed come 7:30 pm local time this evening.
Howay The Lads!!