Routledge Stakes Claim For First Team Place

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Robbanufc

    Nov 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    To be honest I thought he played very well, and at times it looked like him and Danny had created a good relationship between them on the right side.

    Maybe they can become the right sided version of Jose and Jonas? 😀

  • stunna

    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d rather have Barton on the right. Routledge hasn’t shown me that he can consistently send quality crosses into Carroll & Ameobi. Getting by someone on the wing doesn’t mean much if you can’t create anything out of it.

  • USGeordie

    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    I was again impressed by Routledge. He was positioned well almost all the time. I rarely saw him come inside, so we spread the game out well with him staying wide. He also consistently got back. There were many times I thought it was simpson marking the man out wide with routledge way up front, but no, it was routledge. So I definitely think he helped danny back there. His crosses weren’t the greatest but this was his first game back in awhile. He used to deliver crosses very well from that side so I have no doubt he can do it again. I like Routledge, he makes it a much faster, exciting game on that side and gives the center mids more options to get forward quickly. He put the moves on Cole a couple times and make him look foolish too.

  • Sav

    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes a decent game although he seemed a bit short of confidence and wary of taking Cole on. That’s fair enough as Cole was their best player (with Malouda) and a helluva fullback. But Routledge’s defensive play and awareness was very good and probably had his manager’s words ringing in his ears.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 29, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    stunna, Rather have Barton on instead of Guthrie. Anywhere.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    WR could have made Cole work much harder just by making Cole retreat all the way to the corner. He should have made Chelsea have to go end to end to get set up for attack. WR had the speed to make that happen, he just needs to put his mind to it, He is so fast, he was waiting around for play to come to him, so he can cover more turf.

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I would like to see Ranger, Barton and Routledge in the side for WBA, with the first two taking Ameobi and Guthrie’s places. Something like this would be nice:
    I feel after Ameobi’s poor performances of late Ranger deserves a look in. More than anything I hope it will inspire Ameobi to get back in the side, but also to give Ranger a chance to show what he can do.

  • Robbanufc

    Nov 30, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Tsjhawsey, I thought Ameobi had a fairly good game this sunday. He did show some fighting spirit at the very least! Give Ranger 20 mins in at the end of the game, with worn out central defenders.

    Barton wont be back until the Liverpool game.. So Danny Guthrie will probs be in central midfield 🙂

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Routledge was surprisingly good.He did put one good cross that ameobi headed across goal. To be fair to him he did’nt play enough games with tiote in the side. Smith plays the ball late unlike tiote who releases the ball better 4 wide players to run after. Would like 2 see him played against baggies.


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