Newcastle fans can take some solace in the fact that we will soon be seeing the very best of Dan Gosling, and Ben Arfa should be returning to training within two to three weeks.
Danny Guthrie – good to see youngster get a good game in again
They will seem like new players to Newcastle, even if Alan signs nobody in January.
And it was really good to see 23 year-old Danny Guthrie come on yesterday and get the job dome for Newcastle, in place of the injured Alan Smith.
Danny needed that game to re-establish himself as a potential first-teamer after his nightmare game at West Brom in early December, while Chris Hughton was still the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew may be rethinking who he wants to bring in during January – if anybody – and he seemed pleased with Danny Guthrie’s performance yesterday:
“Danny Guthrie was disappointed not to play against Stevenage. but he’s come in and put in a performance like that when we needed him,”
“Alan Smith also did very well when he came on and it was hard to tell the difference between what was our first-choice team and what was out there against Sunderland with Cheik and Andy missing.”
For the record, Danny was signed from Liverpool in the summer of 2008, for around £2M, and has so far appeared 77 times for Newcastle with 7 goals.
And news today that maybe a player or two may be on their way out of Newcastle in January, with reports that Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff all interested in Magpies winger Wayne Routledge.
Unless Pardew can bring in another winger as a replacement, we’d be very surprised if Routledge is allowed to leave Newcastle in January.
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