The Daily Mail is reporting today that Newcastle are ready to release Danny Guthrie on loan.
Danny Guthrie – on loan to Nottingham Forest?
The 23 year-old Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is reported to be going out on loan through the end of the season, in an effort to help Forest gain promotion to the Premier league.
Nottingham Forest are in a slump right now, having won just one of their last five games, but why on earth would Newcastle loan out one the players they may need for the run-in to the Premier League?
Newcastle already loaned out Wayne Routledge to QPR in January, and sold Andy Carroll on the last day of the window, without bringing in a suitable replacement, so this move also sounds strange to us – if it’s true.
Newcastle are already short of central midfielders, with Alan Smith for for the season, but on loan Stephen Ireland should be fit in a week or two.
This seems like a move that could certainly help Nottingham Forest, but leave Newcastle weak should some key midfielders be injured or suspended over the last three months of the season.
Danny joined Newcastle from Liverpool in the summer of 2008, for around £2M from Liverpool, and has since played 81 times for Newcastle with 7 goals.
This season the Shrewsbury-born player has appeared only 11 times, but was injured for the first few months of the season.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is keen for the younger players to get games out on loan, but Danny can still do a job through the end of the season for the Magpies, so we would be surprised if this news is accurate.
What do you think?