Can Wayne Routledge Make It At Newcastle?

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    ill back him because he wears the toon kit, but to be perfectly honest hes not good enough. his technique is very poor and his end product is non exisistant. cant remember last time he scored or set up a goal.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    He seemed to play with confidence in Fizzy Pop league, but now in EPL, whenever on the pitch, he seems to be in hurry to get rid of the ball.

  • geordie_india

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Hughton will be going with a 4-5-1 formation with Guthrie moving to CM and Routledge moving to the right. Tiote as DM.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Get rid of Perch, Smith and free some funds. Give him a fair crack of the whip

  • Toon Sweden77

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    I dont think he been given the chance yet, give him moore games like CH gave Perch earlier this season and I think he will take it.

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree, I think he has enough pace to make defenders work, and polishing up his end product, he could be good. On a different note, has anyone heard that liverpool are interested in Emre? Strange one that.

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    i think he’s got more than enough game in CL and CCC but i never liked what i saw apart from a few good through balls. he’s crosses are as poor as jonas crosses….i hope we get krancjar for 3M or may be SWP on loan but he cant cross either but definitely is better quality

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    He was a real Prospect at Palace. May be has not come thru as much. Still has time though

  • ytz

    Nov 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought he was quite good when he substitute Danny G in the Bolton game, threading lots of through-pass for Lovenkrands to run. I do feel that his previous performance was forgettable, but after looking at him in Boltan, I guess it is wise to give him more time. Maybe the time on the bench has up his game.

  • G

    Nov 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Routy has the ability, but what he seems to lack is a footballing brain. These sorts of things usually come with time on the pitch. I don’t know if he will ever develop it, but I think he should be given a fair crack here.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    he got the speed (same like lennon, walcott)

    his passing is always backwards
    he never try to defeat defenders
    when side by side with defender, he always lose

  • Rem

    Nov 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    He is really lazy, saw him at arsenal in league cup and was useless

  • Moreno

    Nov 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    He reminds me of Walcott and Lennon before they could pass or shoot, look at them now.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Find Routledge better than Guthrie when Guthrie plays out of position.

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Routledge is not our answer on the right but when Barton is out I think Routeldge is the second player not Guthrie.

    Hughton has been great since he became manager and has got a great system with Barton on the right but the system fits only when the best players are in there best positions. Guthrie who I rate highly is not made for the right, so when Barton is out the routledge should be put on the right not Guthrie.


    Simp- Sol- Tay- Enriq


    Routledge guthrie- gutz


  • gorskino10

    Nov 26, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    He needs to lose his scared approach, everytime i see him he passes backwards and is more scared losing the ball he doesnt bomb foward and try to terrorise the defense of anyteam, he may have a few good runs but over a game he doesnt do too much, this is a problem with Small/Quick players, look at Aaron Lennon he has some games he is amazing them some he is poor and also Walcott.

    Wayne just needs to let lose and understand his pace will beat any defenders, just use some trcikary and some nice turns and he would be a good winger, in the EPL you cannot afford to make any mistakes and then your out the team.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Walcott is shocking,Im sorry to say if wasn’t for how quick he is,he would be nothing !


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