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.