With Danny Guthrie not getting many games under Alan Pardew, we were even thinking he may be let go in the summer.
Danny Guthrie – oh no – I have to back up Joey Barton
Of course Danny is a decent player and only turns 24 next month, and it was a bit of a surprise to see a report yesterday. that Newcastle are ready to offer a new contract to the Shrewsbury-born former Liverpool midfielder.
The 23-year-old has started only 7 games this season and has 4 sub appearances for the Magpies, and that comes after playing some of his best football a year ago, in the run-in to Newcastle easily winning the Championship.
The news was in the News of the World, so that could be made up, and in any case Danny still has 15 months left of his four year deal at the club.
The news is that Newcastle want Guthrie as cover for Joey Barton, but from Danny’s viewpoint that means he will not get too many games on Tyneside, and he may well want to move on to get some playing time.
One option for Danny would be to resist signing a new contract at Newcastle, so he would become a free agent next year, and increase his chances of getting a good deal at some other club.
There again, if he wants to stay at Newcastle, he may jump at the chance of a new deal to stay on Tyneside, and get the chance to play in front of 52,000 fans at the fabulous St. James’ Park – the Cathedral on the Hill – as the great Bobby Robson used to call it.
For the record, Danny has 81 appearances for Newcastle with 8 goals, and in total has 135 first class appearances with 8 goals. We also think Danny is a smashing lad.
Nottingham Forest have expressed an interest in the player, and even want to take him on loan before the end of the season, but that would be stupid of Newcastle, to leave an already small squad even smaller.
But the club have done things as daft as that in the past of course.