Danny Guthrie To Get Start On Saturday Against Spurs

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • tdt

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    From last article:

    Sounds like S.Taylor and A.Carroll are extremely unlikely to be fit for saturday, so I can see us sticking with the team that started v sunderland, but with Guthrie rather than Smith. so thats a 442:


  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    from last article also:

    tdt –

    I dont think youre right, Pardew didnt sound too pleased with Bests performance against scum after – rightly so, he looked off the pace – I think it’ll be one of two:

    simpson willo colo enrique
    barton nolan guthrie jonas
    ameobi lovern


    simpson willo colo enrique
    barton gosling guthrie jonas

    id love to see the second formation as a trial, looks impressive to me

  • geoff777

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    If Guthrie and Barton run midfield against the spuds like they did against the scum, we could be in for an exciting game.

    Gosling will probably get longer on the pitch if he doesn’t start.
    Pardew will have interesting selection options when all our midfield players are fit.

    Guthrie really does have potential.
    He distributes the ball very very well for a 23 year-old.

    Looking forward to Saturday.


    BTW does anyone know if Pardew goes to watch the reserve games?
    Did he see Ranger’s hatrick?

    I hope he gives Ranger a few decent run outs.
    Give him a regular taste of playing in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies.
    He may see that that is the best “buzz” he will ever have, and really go for it in training as well as on the pitch?

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    geoff777, after this:

    “Newcastle Coach Talks About Challenges Ahead For Nile Ranger”.

    I don’t think Ranger will be even on the bench for awhile.

  • xfer

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Bad news Smith is out injured… We need him shipped out asap!

  • tdt

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    @2 – I do like lovenkands but has looked far from impressive the last couple times he’s played. We really cant afford to be carryign anyone against spurs. We could even play 451 so that wouldnt be the case

    simpson willo-collo-enrique

  • supervil

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7


    Ranger’s had plenty of run outs. It’s obvious that the manager doesn’t like his attitude. By all accounts, no one should be happy with his attitude off the pitch.

    A hattrick in one game is fair enough, he’s obviously got the talent. Putting him back into the team because of it will only inflate his ego further – he’ll think he can do whatever he wants!

    He needs some tough love (see Mario Balotelli’s career thus far), and he needs to show that he’s not just going to work his backside off for the club in 1 reserve game, but he’s going to put the effort in from now until the end of his career.

    If he’s not bothered – off ye get pal. Simples.

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Id rather play with 10 men than have Guthrie in the team.

    Spurs’ midfield will have an absolute field day.

  • supervil

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s it like Bassong, get behind the lad.

    Bet he gets whinged at the first misplaced pass he makes.

    Can we not just support the lads?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Bassong of praise…….who gives a sh!te what you yids think???

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Supervil look at his name man.

  • supervil

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    True. Might have created it when we had Bassong.

    Either way. Cannit wait til the Spuds monumentally fail like they do ever 3rd season.

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    If I was a Spurs fan I would be celebrating the fact he is playing rather than lamenting it.

  • gorskino10

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    They have players like Modric in the CM and we have Guthrie… the gap is soo much in class 🙁 quite depressing tbh

  • petey

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #15

    oh dear….thats all i can say.

    I used to rate Guthrie quite highly, but for some reason he forgot how to cross and shoot (maybe the pressure of the premier league??). Useless now imo. Time to get his act together before he’s out!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Alan Smith is our WORST Defensive Midfielder in history – glad he is injured

  • cally8793

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #17

    @gorskino10. We’re a newly promoted side on a shoestring budget. Tottenham are a Champions League side with a monster budget in comparison. That’s why they have Modric and we have Guthrie. And Guthrie’s hardly first choice with a fully fit team anyway.

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Good and bed news that Smith is injured up to 8 weeks probably;

    GOOD: he cannot waste space on the pitch; he is such a bad player…

    BAD: it won’t be possible to get rid of him; but I think they wouldn’t let him go tbh (which I really don’t understand).

  • Markaccus

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Guthrie showed early potential, but now gives the ball away too much. It also horrifies me that he’s going to be the dmf, because his tackling is attrocious (spell check lol). Remember what he did to fagan (although he did ask for it, coz he’s a d1ck)

  • toonfan09

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    i think guthrie is way to slow for the premier league and gives away possession way to easily has anyone forgotten how bad he was at west brom he his a very good championship player but not premier league standard id rather have him on the right wing out the way and play barton in the middle

  • toonfan09

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    on another note doesnt it seem funny tht the media have said the deal has gone though with routeledge but it hasnt been offically announced by toon

  • steve1980

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Goal – Harper
    Right Back – Simpson
    Centre Half – Coloccini, Williamson
    Left Back – Enrique
    Right Wing – Barton
    Centre Midfield – Guthrie, Nolan
    Left Wing – Gutierrez
    Forwards – Ameobi, Lovenkrands


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