Wayne Routledge hasn’t come through as much as we had hoped this season, but we’re still early in the season, and there’s no reason Wayne cannot still make a success of things at Newcastle United.
Wayne Routledge – we’re still hopeful of Wayne coming through this season
Wayne came on in the second half of Newcastle’s disastrous defeat at Bolton on Saturday, and we’ll have to see if Chris Hughton will give him a start in the game at home to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Wayne talked about the game at Bolton today:
“It was a bad day at the office, put it that way,” “Everybody has a bad day from time to time and hopefully that was ours and we can put it behind us.”
“I definitely think the squad here has the strength, the resilience and experience to bounce back from a result like that.”
“We’ve looked back over it, picked the bones out of it and we need to get past it now. Hopefully we’ll put it behind us with a good performance against Chelsea on Sunday.”
“It was hard to sit and watch it all again. It felt like the longest 90 minutes in the world to sit through it all again but it’s something we had to do. You have to learn from a result like that.”
Let’s hope the lads learned a lot from looking over the video of the Bolton game, because the defending was just terrible last Saturday, and coupled with the performance at home against Blackburn, if we keep up that kind of form then we’ll be really struggling this season.
We have to hope the Bolton game was just a one off, although Chelsea on Sunday will hardly be easy, especially since we’ll have our two center-backs, Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor, starting their first Premier League game of the season in the absence of suspended Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson.
And Wayne Routledge will surely have to take his chance this season, if is to prove once and for all he is indeed a Premier League class player, which he’s often looked when he was younger, but never been a consistently good player at this top level.
Wayne played 17 times with three goals last season in the Championship, and played well after being signed from QPR in January, and this season he has so far appeared 12 times without scoring.
And if Newcastle get anything at all out of the game against Chelsea, it will be a very good result coming immediately after the Bolton debacle.
We live in hope, as always. 😀