The agent of Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge has said his client still wants to make a success of things at Newcastle.
Wayne Routledge in action against Chelsea this season
Routledge joined Newcastle 15 months ago from QPR, and was impressive in the Championship last season for the Magpies, and looked a good buy.
But in the first part of this season, he failed to impress in the Premier League, and not for the first time.
Newcastle sent Routledge on loan back to his former club QPR in January, which in retrospect has turned out to be a mistake, because Newcastle are now short of players all over the pitch.
Increased injuries and suspensions have dented the ranks over the last couple of months, and is costing Newcastle points in the Premier League.
Wayne has been playing very well for the London club, who are top of the Championship and now odds-on to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Routledge’s agent, Will Salthouse, has said Wayne would love to return to Newcastle in the summer, and have another crack at making it on Tyneside:
“Wayne’s going to come back to Newcastle United in the summer. There’s no deal in place between QPR and Newcastle,”
“There’s an option of a permanent move as part of the deal, but nothing has been agreed at the moment and he’s looking forward to returning.”
“He’d like to come back to Newcastle United and show what he can do, to be honest, but obviously if Newcastle don’t want him then it is difficult for him.”
“But at this moment in time he’s looking forward to coming back and trying to fight for his place at Newcastle.”
“He’s enjoyed his time so far and has two years left on his contract, so he’s certainly not looking to move on unless Newcastle want him to.”
Routledge may want to return to Newcastle and get a second bite of the cherry so to speak in the summer, but we don’t think he’ll get the chance.
QPR want to sign the Londoner for around £1.5M, and Newcastle are already targeting a number of top wingers to bring in during the summer.
We also have to remember his great form this year is back in the Championship, and there’s still a big gap in class between the two top English divisions.
It seems that Alan Pardew may have already decided Wayne just isn’t good enough for Newcastle, but sending him out on loan in January was a mistake.
And it’s also likely that Wayne’s number 10 shirt will be given to Ben Arfa for next season too.
The Newcastle squad was made weaker in January, after what happened with Andy Carroll moving out and not being replaced, and that’s now costing Newcastle points in the Premier League.
Only Newcastle would weaken their side during a transfer window – isn’t the idea to strengthen it? 😀