We had an article out on Friday asking whether Wayne Routledge would make the grade at Newcastle in the Premier League.
Routledge challenges Malouda yesterday
So we were really delighted to see a good strong performance our on the right wing for Newcastle, where the lad again looked full of energy and ran his socks off for the Newcastle side.
And he was oh so close to getting a Premier League goal in the second half, only to see Ashley Cole acrobatically head the ball off the line.
And we have to think the gutsy performance from Wayne will give him a place in the starting line up on Sunday afternoon at the Hawthorns.
Wayne plays very much like Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon and he could be as good, but he must gain some consistency in his play, but when he’s on form Wayne can lay on the goals for our forwards, like he did last season.
Routledge made a good statement for a start at the Hawthorns next Sunday, and with Joey Barton back for that game, Chris will have a few section choices.
This is what Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Wayne Routledge hasn’t figured of late, but one thing you know you’ve got with Wayne is a fit lad,”
“Players will always have problems with getting up to speed having been out for a while, but if they haven’t got the games, they get the fitness in general training and reserve games.”
“It’s difficult to get them in at that level, but Wayne’s a very fit lad, and I thought in the distances he covered, you wouldn’t have thought he’d been out of things.”
Chris was then asked if Wayne would make a start at the Hawthorns – but you must be kidding if you think Chris would give anything away about the team for next week.
This is what Chris did say in response to that question:
“I think they all stake a claim.” “That’s one thing we’re always telling players.”
“They’re going to go through disappointments, and periods where they’re not playing, but they have to keep motivated.”
“One thing is for sure, that at some stage they will be playing. They’ve got to be prepared for it.”
And we were wrong when we said Wayne hadn’t yet scored a Premier League goal – because he scored a single goal for Crystal Palace back in 2004.
And looking up the records with some exhaustive research, we found out he scored in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on 27th November, 2004, when he scored Palace’s second goal after 54 minutes.
Crystal Palace were relegated in 2005, when they finished 3rd bottom of the league with 31 points, only going down on goal difference with a -21 goal difference. Southampton were on the same number of points with a goal difference of -20.
How’s that for being close, and WBA and Norwich were the other two teams relegated in that year.
We have to hope that Wayne can add to his Premier League goals this season, and we hope he can keep up his sprightly form of yesterday.