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.