Danny Guthrie Remains Upbeat About Newcastle Future

Danny Guthrie’s star has fallen a little this season at Newcastle, after he had a great run-in last season to help the Tyneside club easily secure promotion.

Danny Guthrie – injury has interrupted his season

With lots of players missing who could play on the right wing last Saturday against Everton, including Joey Barton, Ryan Taylor and Stephen Ireland, Alan Pardew surprisingly preferred Danny Simpson on the right wing with Steven Taylor at right back – but it hardly worked.

In fact it didn’t work at all.

Ans Danny didn’t get a run out as a sub on Saturday either, so at least from that it seems that Danny has dropped down the pecking order at Newcastle a little.

To be fair to the 23 year-old, he had injuries at the beginning of the season, and he has only recently returned to full fitness.

Danny has come out today and said it’s been a rather frustrating season for him:

“It’s been a frustrating season for me with injuries,” “I missed the start of the season with a bad injury, and the lads who have played have done really well.”

“It’s always difficult when you’re not playing with little niggly injuries from being out of the team for so long. When you come in, it’s hard to get going again.”

“I had a slight hamstring strain which kept me out of the Bolton game, and I didn’t train until later in the week.” “I needed a bit of work, and last night was perfect.”

“We’ve got a few injuries and suspensions. It’s that time of year when legs are getting tired for the lads who have been playing.

“It was frustrating, as they were a couple of games I could have started and got back into the swing of things.

“Injuries are part of the game, and you just have to get on with it. Hopefully, I can get a few games under my belt between now and the end of the season.”

What Danny is referring to about last night, was that the Reserves beat Arsenal 2-1 at St. James’ Park, thanks to a winning header in injury time from local striker Phil Airey.   And Danny Guthrie had a good run-out and captained the side last night.

Greg McDermott had put the side in the lead but the equalizer  came form Jose Rees before half-time.

Tim Krul and Shefki Kuqi also played last night, and after the game Danny Guthrie said this:

“Winning is a good habit to get into, and it was a great experience for some of the younger lads.” “There were a couple of 16-year-olds playing.”

“It’s brilliant, especially playing against a quality team like Arsenal. They play the same system all the way through their club. It’s a great education for them.”

“It’s always nice to wear the captain’s armband – you have to do things the right way for some of the young lads.”

“We’ve all been there as young lads trying to impress in these type of games, and it’s always nice to have some of the first-team lads there and they’re doing things right.

“If you don’t pull your weight, it sets a bad example and a bad vibe.”

Newcastle continue to have a number of  excellent youngsters at the club in the Academy, who could turn out to be top players, and we would expect the club to bring in some top youngsters over the summer too.

We hope Danny has a bit more luck than he’s had so far,  through the remainder of the season, and gets a few chances in the first team.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Wonder as we can “Bargains” i wonder if we would be interested in Barcelona’s Foward called Nolito, has a good reputation but much like other Barca B players they never get a go in the first team (much) made odd apperances, would be a good buy for us his contract is up and he ISNT signing a new one so would be a free agent, and with other spanish speaking players he could move to us.

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Kuqi missed a penalty in that game aswell

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Danny, don’t rate you at all mate, championship player at best. I really hope we get European nights back at St James Park in the near future.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 10, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Danny is OK, he has potencial, can cross the ball well, just need to get in top form and you will see what he can 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone see the Braga – Liverpool game? Carroll was mentioned in the first 55 minutes more than any other player in the game. “Carroll can do this, Carroll can do that”. He was still on the bench. Puke… !

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d like to see Airey get a chance the kid is a goalscorer and the only way we’ll know if he is going to make it is by playing him. I would send Ireland back to Villa what a waste of money he’s been.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #7

    GeordieGerman: I seen the Liverpool game it was that daft brummie idiot all he talked about was what would have happened if Carroll had been playing. He’s a dip sh*t I switch off when he is on TalkSport

  • G

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Danny is not a bad player at all. He has a decent record in the Prem (albeit, mostly with Bolton), people seem to forget, he has been forced on occasion to play on the wing, and by his own admission, he is no winger. He is a decent, if unspectacular right sided midfielder, who prefers to play through the middle. I will be quite happy to see him play there for us, but I will groan if I ever see him on the wing again.

  • ToonOz

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Unfortunately, I don’t think Danny can cut it at Newcastle. If we want to avoid being a relegation battling team season after season, players like Guthrie should not be allowed anywhere near the squad.

    Has a decent pass and cross, however, that’s as far as his portfolio goes. No creativity, no vision, and lack of technical skill to beat a player. Offload him, and buy a player like Kranjcar, who can not even get a look in at Spurs.

  • ToonOz

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Off topic, I hope now that Carroll is at Liverpool, they change their game to the long ball, hit and hope tactics. That way, when we build a team of agile, gifted, young footballers, we can tear them apart. 🙂

  • gorskino10

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #11

    tbh if there is rumours of offloading him on loan to Nottingham Forest that shows you if he has talent or not? being at this age and still not holding a place is evident to how average Danny is.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t wish an injury on any player. Just hope that when we play Liverpool that Carroll has a bug.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 10, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    i was at the reserve game last nyt and guthrie shud hav been head n shoulders above everyone on that pitch but sad to say he wasnt i think once gosling is fit he wont get a lookin. but back to the game last nyt the lads that stood out for me were the 2 centre backs daniel leadbitter and remi streete they and right back patrick nzunzi and of course connor newton n airey, but it was the 3 defenders which really caught my eye i thought leadbitter n streete looked like they could be a future cb partenership there

  • baro

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Last season he was no doubt one of our best player on the pitch. He was completing pass by pass had over a dozen assists and did a wonderful job. This year he took a big step into the Premier League and hasn’t got that many appearances, because of his injury concerns. Not just him but our whole squad is in the physio room at the moment. Anyways just an example look at Leon Best this is his first season in the Barclays Premier League after he spent his whole life in the Championship and he has 6 goals in about 11 appearances. I think we should give Danny Guthrie more appearances just like we gave Leon Best. But, Guthrie really has to work hard because this club has lots of quality center mids, and lots of youngsters in the reserves coming up and knocking on the door, like Connor Newton, Bradden Inman, and the closest Michael Richardson, I look at Haris Vuckic as a more attacking midfield, we also have Dan Gosling to come. Its all about the work you put in training in order to enter the pitch in the Barclays Premier League one day.

  • Ezedoesit

    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t see him lasting beyond next season (at the most). If he can’t get into the team now think about next season when Ben arfa is fit, joey’s back, captain Nolan, maybe Stephen Ireland (and prob another central midfielder arriving in the summer). Things aren’t looking good for him and to me he’s never looked like he’s deserved to play in the Premiership.

    Not a footy thing but check out this funny video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL8uOqYo_00&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • BigKirky

    Mar 11, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Im not that keen on Guthrie. He can look busy and can move the ball quite well at times, but for me he lacks a quality cutting edge which the better players have. He’s decent at a few things but he’s master of none. I like players who can excel in one or two aspects of their game which then gel to build the team. Play a killer ball often, solid ball winning, cross like Barton has been doing, use pace/dribbling to create space on pitch. I don’t think he has a ‘thing’ which he’s overly good at. He’s like a decathlon athlete who’s decent at many things. This is isn’t a bad thing at all, but not great. Still, I hope he can produce better form and chip in with some goals when we need him and he is only fairly young. With new signings in the summer and a fully fit side, he’ll have to make do with a place on the bench at best, if he’s even there at all.

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Danny Guthrie has heaps of potential.
    He’s come in and done a decent job.
    Every time he gets a decent run in he team his form improves and he begins to dominate in his area of the pitch.

    Certainly well worth keeping faith in.
    He was a big part of the Championship winning team.


    Hope Danny pays against Stoke.


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