It didn’t seem to take long for new manager Alan Pardew to work out that Wayne Routledge didn’t fit the bill at Newcastle – at least not in the Premier League.
Wayne Routledge – while at Newcastle for 12 months
Wayne was very good for Newcastle over the second half of last season, and helped Newcastle get that sought after promotion, and he played very well for the Magpies, without doubt.
But as we all know the Premier League is a higher standard, and he’s never really been able to cut it in England’s top league, although he’s had a few tries.
News today that a fee has been agreed between Newcastle and QPR, should the London club want to go ahead with the transfer, and the conventional wisdom is that QPR will do the deal, if they get promoted to the Premier League.
QPR manager Neil Warnock talked about the transfer fee agreed between the two clubs for Wayne.
“I think they’ve sorted out a realistic figure,” “I can’t give exact details, but I think we’ve agreed everything with the club should it go ahead.”
“I don’t think there’s any rush for either of us. We’d like to sign him, whatever happens, but I imagine it depends on where we end up.”
“Because I think Wayne would like to play in the Premier League. If things went wrong for us, then he’d probably go back.”
“He’s got to be enjoying it because of the way he’s playing and we’re enjoying having him. We’d love to keep him.”
“I thought he’d do well for us. That’s why I chased him for so long and talked to him so many times. Pestered him, in fact.”
“It can sometimes be difficult coming back to a club, but I told him it was a lot different now and I felt the club was geared up to let him play his best.”
“I thought we were a solid side and I thought you need players like Wayne to win games and I’m delighted to get him.”
Wayne has played 8 games for QPR since joining them on loan last month, and has scored a couple of good goals.
With 12 games to go in the Championship, QPR are 5 points ahead of second placed Swansea City, and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Cardiff, but have a much superior goal difference, which is always worth another point.
So it would appear that unless QPR slump, they should be able to wrap up an automatic promotion place and make a return to the Premier League.
What a job Neil Warnock’s done for the London club since he signed on for them only last summer.
Newcastle are out scouting for new wingers for next season, and they are looking for some speed merchants, having been linked with both Ivory Coast International Gervinho of Lille and Dutch International Jeremain Lens of PSV over the last few weeks.