Pardew Expresses Great Confidence In Danny Guthrie


Pardew has today praised the performance of Newcastle’s 23 year-old midfielder Danny Guthrie, in the great 4-1 win against Wolves last Saturday.

Danny Guthrie – manager has confidence in this lad

Danny has had a bad time of things this season, and it didn’t help that he picked up an injury last August, and that kept him out of the action for a few months.

But Guthrie has shown before on Tyneside, that he can come in and do a good job for Newcastle, and certainly he did that on Saturday, and it seems like Alan Pardew has seen the football quality in this lad.

This is what Alan Pardew, who is turning out to be a very good man-manager at the club, said about the Shrewsbury-born and former Liverpool player:

“I was really pleased with Danny,”   He has a technical ability and assurance on the ball you don’t often see.”

“If he was Spanish or French we would be complaining about how we don’t produce players with technical ability. Danny is as good as anyone on the ball and he has the full range of passing.”

“To come into the side after so long on the bench and play so well, he was excellent for us and we need him to maintain that now.”

“We will be missing two important players at Aston Villa in Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tioté so we need Danny to play as well as he did against Wolves. He can be our link player in midfield, the one who gets us moving.”

Those are good supportive words from the manager, and Alan is so right that Guthrie has to put in another good performance for the side at Villa Park, because the last thing Newcastle wants is to lose another game to a team only 2 points above the drop zone.

And of course Newcastle lost at Villa Park 1-0 in the last game of the season two years ago to seal their relegation, and it was just a terrible performance from a side that seemed to lack any guts and pride, especially in the second half, but hopefully that will be  a lot different on Sunday.

It’s a good time for our lads to show just how much better they are from the side that was the 6th highest on the wage bill in the Premier League, but still managed to end up third bottom, but we’ll leave it there – my arm is starting to ache again.

Sometimes a polished and professional performance doesn’t always get the headlines, but Danny had a good game for Newcastle last Saturday, there’s no doubt about that, with other players, like Shola Ameobi and Joey Barton receiving most of the accolades.

Danny did the sensible thing with the ball almost every time he had it, and that’s the sign of a good player

Guthrie had been linked with a loan move to Nottingham Forest in January, but thankfully that didn’t happen, and it’s an open question as to whether he will get his contract extended, before his four year deal runs out in14 months time.

Not every player in the squad can be a starter of course, but you need players who can come in and do a solid job for the club when they are called upon, and that seems to be what Danny Guthrie keeps proving he can do on Tyneside.

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9 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    A good member of the squad. What he lacks in pace, he makes up for with his passing. For what its worth, I thought he more than held his own in the holding role against Wolves.

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  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Something Chris Hughton didnt have confidence in Danny Guthrie ability in the premier league.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    YA HE IS BETTER THAN SMITH AND YOUNGER THAN HIM

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  • RichK

    Apr 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s a good young player with excellent technical ability, he just lacks that bit of pace and strength. He is well worth keeping in the squad but he can’t expect to play ahead of Tiote, Barton or Nolan.

    On another note, I’ve seen the story in the Metro about our interest in Lukaku – if we signed him this summer I’d be over the moon – he’s one of the best young strikers in Europe if not the best! Can’t see it happening but guess you never know.

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  • laurentrobert32

    Apr 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    “my arm is starting to ache again” made me chuckle…

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  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Are we on about the same Danny Guthrie here?

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Guthrie is actually one of my favourite technical players at the club. He can hold is own in the centre of the midfield, distribute the ball all over the pitch, and has an intelligence in the way he plays. He plays the simple pass when needed to, and can play the more intuitive pass if he can. Overall, he gives the midfield a more creative aspect, which I feel, with our strikers being more target men, the team needs.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 8, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I read people on here and say slate Guthrie.

    He had a few bad games earlier in the season, WBA away he was terrible, but he is a decent player. Think he needs a run of games to ge tback to his best.

    I know it was the Championship but some of the assists he got last season were fantastic…and i mean whipping in free kick and free kick, slotting passes through defences…who don’t loose that ability just because your now in the prem…a cracking ball is a cracking ball in any league.

    I think his problem oringally this season was barton was out and he had to take the reign from barton is controlling our games and he isn’t good enough for that role. I really believe next to barton they will control games for fun against alot of premiership teams.

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s good I would put him on the bench if everyone was fit(HBA,Ireland,Best Etc.) can take a free kick.
    I want Ryan Taylor to take the shoot free-kicks like 20-30yards and Barton has the cross free-kicks

    for next season(that probably will happen)

    GK Harper Krul Forester Soderberg
    RB Simpson Perch Tavernier
    CB Coloccini S.Taylor Williamson NEW PLAYER Kadar Tozer NZuzi
    LB Jose NEW PLAYER
    CDM Tiote Gosling
    RM Barton R.Taylor LuaLua
    LM Jonas Ferguson
    CM Ben Arfa(or whatever his centre role is) Ireland Guthrie Richardson
    CAM Nolan Vuckic Inman Edmundsson
    ST 2xNEW PLAYERs Ameobi Best Loverkands Ranger Airey Donaldson

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