Ferguson And Guthrie To Be Given Chance Against Wolves?

23 year-old Danny Guthrie has made only  11 appearances so far this season for Newcastle, and has been used sparingly since Alan Pardew joined the club last December.

Danny Guthrie – in action last season

Danny was surprisingly left out of Monday’s Reserves 2-1 defeat by Manchester United,  and both James Perch and Steven Taylor played a part in that game, although Perch was reeled in by the referee, and then sent off for grabbing hold of a Manchester United player.

But the good news yesterday was that his initial  three match ban has been reduced to just a single game by the English FA, and he will now miss the game at Aston Villa, in two weeks time.

As we mentioned this morning, Alan Pardew is considering giving 19 year-old Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson his full Premier League start ever against Wolves, if Jose Enrique fails to recover from a hamstring problem, and at the moment it seems around 50-50.

But the way Alan talked this morning he may also consider moving one of his more experienced players, like Steven Taylor, into that position.

And Pardew says he has been pleased by the contribution of players who have come into the side for rare, recent run-outs.

“I don’t think I’ve been lucky with injuries and suspensions since I’ve been here,”“Jose Enrique coming off at Stoke affected the team – he’s a very important player. He’s doubtful for Wolves.”

“But the players who have come in have done great jobs for me. Players like Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie have done well, and I’ll need them again.”

“We’ve got Ryan Taylor back available again, and in some ways that cancels James Perch’s suspension out.”

We thought Ryan Taylor was suspended for three games after his suspension for his sending off at Bolton,  so Ryan will miss the Wolves game, but will be available for the game at Villa Park, which James Perch will miss, so we suppose that’s what Alan means when he says they offset each other.

It could be that Danny Guthrie will get his chance a week today, and of course he will be playing for anew contract in the summer, with his current one set top expire next summer.

Danny can play very well for the Newcastle side, and he’s made a total of 81 appearances for the Magpies with 7 goals, and towards the end of last season played some of his best football on Tyneside.

We have to hope he can do that again, if he gets his chance against Wolves.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    AP, just play the best players at their best positions and fill in for the injured with the back-ups. Stop over managing, you have the quality to see this through easily if you let your stars shine where they shine brightest.

  • ganiyu

    Mar 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    @ beeguy its ed harrisons twist of news

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m very happy to see that Ferguson will have a chance in Starting Lineup.

    I’m not a fan of Guthrie, but he can help the team now, with many injuries and suspensions.

  • ToonBry

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope Ferguson gets his chance but not Guthrie. He is an absolute pony. An awful Premier league player. Was ok in the Championship but will never cut it in this league.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    alan pardew will be on bbc newcastles total sport on monday night at 5.30 in a live phone in answering questions

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    davybtoon – thanks for the tip, should be hot – at least he’s got the balls to do it

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    at 23 if you tell guthrie he is rubbish then he will be rubbish – he’s not great, but he’s still developing and any decent mentor should encourage him to fulfill his potential

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone outside the region or country. Here’s the link.


  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Why on earth are were advertising “Tottenham glaziers 0800 043 9998 on call now local glaziers in tottenham” under the banner of a NUFC blog? (could be worse such as Sunderland glaziers but they don’t have glass in their windows)

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    bl@@dy h#ll – saturday five to three & no match AGAIN!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #11

    supermacnumber9, If I go browsing; say something in Scotland then I get adverts here for things (hotels, flights) in Scotland. It’s how this site works. Maybe you have a secret Tottenham fan in your house.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    GG – just shot my wife to be on the safe side, but the ad is still there – no one else see it?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #13

    this is sad – five past 3 and nothing to follow – I’m off out for some gardening

  • Jose Enrique

    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    There is no point moving players about like moving taylor to LB. You should always play players in their position. So the team should be:

    Simpson STaylor Coloccini Ferguson
    Barton Guthrie Tiote Nolan Gutierrez

    I have always said 433 or 451 is the best formation. Why do you think every top team club and countries play 433 or 451

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Any one know when Ivory Coast are playing?

  • textbook.ie

    Mar 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone know where goshling is? and ben arfa? and ireland? 3 great players we really havnt seen yet.

  • textbook.ie

    Mar 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    totally agree with you jose enrique

  • ganiyu

    Mar 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #18

    transfer tip-cheap young players only max 8million

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Jose Enrique!!
    You can`t play TIOTE in the middle if he is suspended can you?
    He`s out for 2 games mate so someone like Collo or Guthrie will have to go in there

  • ganiyu

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #20

    England have a fringe set of mediocratic players

  • chuck

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Play Ferguson @ LB ?
    Are you crazy, the kids a winger who has no clue how to play LB and I dont want to hear he has played there before (Norn Iron)
    He `s too frail and will get pushed around and his defensive efforts makes one wince.
    Play Perch there, though he`s not my first choice either, we need help there and bring Taylor back alongside Colo, our best CD pairing.
    Look this is no time for experimentation, we tried that against Stoke, lets go with the players we know.
    Up front bring back Best our most productive and hardest working forward, leave the Dane on the bench, he`s past it !
    But enough with grasping @ straws use our proven players, cause I see a resemblance between now and two seasons ago.
    Gotta laugh at Pardew, says “we cant get drawn into a dog fight” just where the hell does he think we are top of the league ?
    Will someone explain the precarious position we are in.

  • rhandy

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    @ GeordieGerman:

    Thanks for the radio link!

  • DanNUFC

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23


    Perch is suspended

  • ToonBry

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #24

    yep perch is out too. the one and only difference i would make is try collo in the middle. i think he will be awesome there then push nolan up just behind best.

  • Klatoon

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Enrique will be fit,he came off against Stoke as a precaution because he felt it tightening,so i’d play this team Vs Wolves

    I think Lovenkrands has had enough chances and its clear he wont shine for us,his style requires plenty of clever through balls through the centre which he wont get from our current midfield (is it a coincidence that last season he hit form at around the same time as Guthrie? On his day,Danny is capable of picking a pass better than anyone else in our midfield,and he had alot of those days towards the end of last season when Lovens was scoring for fun)



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