Danny Guthrie has not had a good season, but he came in for Cheick Tiote on Saturday, and got the job done in defensive midfield for Newcastle, in their excellent 4-1 win over Wolves.
Danny Guthrie – did good job on Saturday
Guthrie did suffer with a knee injury at the start of the season, and it stopped any momentum he had in pre-season, but of course places in Newcastle’s central midfield these days are hard to come by, with Tiote and Nolan in outstanding form for Newcastle this season.
But the 23-year-old is a very decent player, and will only get better as he gets more games for the Newcastle first team.
Whether Danny can get a contract extension at some point in the next 14 months, when his current four year contract runs out, is anybody’s guess.
Guthrie had a good solid performance for Newcastle last Saturday, and he had this to say today to the Newcastle press:
“I’ve had a frustrating season.” “It had been six weeks since I’d played when we played Wolves the other day, so it’s been tough.”
“It’s always difficult to get into a game, let alone the pressure of this game like Wolves, but I was really pleased.”ory Coasst International
“Like anyone, I can only get better with games, and hopefully I can have a little run in the team now.”
“It’s strange how it works out – you’re not involved for six weeks, and then you could be looking at a run of two or three games. I was pleased to get 90 minutes.”
“I felt good, and can only get better. My sharpness and fitness can only improve.”
Alan Pardew had rightly pointed out before the game with Wolves, that Danny has different qualities than the player he was replacing, Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.
But Danny played a very smart and uncomplicated game for Newcastle against Wolves, and there was no weakness at all in the center of the Magpies defense on Saturday.
Guthrie, who is still only 23, was able to get the ball and then he distributed it well – without any complications of fuss.
That was good play from the Shrewsbury-born player, as he continued:
“Everyone knows how well Cheick’s done.” “We’re two different types of player.”“He’s done brilliantly this season, but I can only bring what I’ve got to the team, which is getting the ball down and passing.”
“First and foremost it was a brilliant result against Wolves. We knew it was a massive game.”
“In the last six games, we had lost a couple and teams had gained on us.” “It was a great opportunity to win a game, and we did that emphatically.”
“I’m from Wolverhampton – it was nice to put one over them as I know a few Wolves fans!” “Sometimes we’re a bit naive at home, and we need to be a bit more streetwise and kill games off.”
“The players hear the roar of the crowd, and everyone wants to bomb forward. We have to be smart, and I think we were. The second goal just before half-time eased everything.”
“They put up a good fight, and had their spells, but I thought we defended well and limited them to crosses, but not real chances.”
Danny was born in Shrewsbury, which is about 28 miles from Wolverhampton, and he now has 82 appearances for the Newcastle first team with 5 goals.
Danny can play either defensive midfield or attacking midfield in the center of the park, and we hope he can get a few more games through the end of the season, to show Alan Pardew just what he can do for Newcastle.