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.