Alan Pardew seems to have been impressed with Danny Guthrie’s display at Sunderland on Sunday, and has said today the 23 year-old will play against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Danny Guthrie – starts at Spurs
But the bad news today is that it looks like both local lads, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor will miss that game, and are rated by the Newcastle manager as being extremely doubtful.
But the form of both Coloccini and Williamson on Sunday was good news, and Mike will get another chance to play alongside the Argentine, and maybe try to cement his first team place again.
This is why Newcastle need to build up a good squad, with good players in each position, so they can come in and get the job done for Newcastle, when others are out injured, or have a drop in form.
Alan Smith is definitely ruled out of the game on Saturday (3:00 pm kick off) , and of course this will be the second game of Cheick Tiote’s 3 match ban, so the Ivorian will again be missing.
Danny Guthrie has certainly had an injury interrupted season so far, but we remember about this time last season when he came in and played some of his best football in a black and white shirt, and we hope the 23 year-old can do the exact same thing this season.
Guthrie missed the start of the season with his knee problem, and he was out until October with the injury he picked up early in pre-season.
Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Danny Guthrie will play. “He was excellent in the second half at Sunderland. “And I hope he will take it into Saturday.”
Filling in for Smith and Tiote was always going to be between Guthrie and Gosling this week, and it’s good that Danny will get a big chance against Tottenham.
When Alan Smith injured his ankle on Sunday it didn’t look too good, and news today is that the Leeds-born player could be out for as long as 8 weeks with the injury, after he visited a specialist in London yesterday.
Alan Pardew talked about Smith’s injury today:
“We’ll have to wait and see but it looks like he could be out for six to eight weeks.”
It’s good that Danny Guthrie will be getting his chance to shine, and of course he’s turned in a number of good games for Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.
But now’s the time for Danny to show the new manager exactly what he can do for Newcastle, in the new scheme of things.
We have a suspicion that if Leeds are promoted this season, then Alan Smith may end up at his home town club again.
Danny has the chance to prove to Pardew that he can be a very good stand-in for Cheick Tiote, if not also be pushing for a first team start somewhere else in midfield for Newcastle.