No Chance For Routledge To Resurrect Newcastle Career

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? 😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • lewman

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    probably no chance but who cares, aslong as we get some players in the summer who actually know how to play 11 a side football and not just some guy who runs around like a headless chicken, skinning players left and right but having no idea when or where to pass the ball.

  • G

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I do like Wayne as a player, he has skills, he has pace, and he seems to have everything one would need to make it at the top, but for some reason he just can’t make the step up. We are not the first team to try and make him a Prem player, and I’m sure we won’t be the last. Good luck to the lad and all that, but we can do better.

  • tom tomb

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t pass, can’t cross and don’t think he can handle big crowds. Comfortably the worst player on the pitch v Stevenage, stay in London please.

  • geordie_india

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    He lacks the belief…can’t cut into PL.


    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I really like Routledge but he’s inconsistent when he’s having a good game he’s amazing it’s just rare that he does have a good game. If he sorted this problem out he could be a really good player.

  • Burni

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    I think G has got this spot on! Its true, he has skills, has pace, I could never understand why people said he couldnt cross coz he can, yeah not every time but we all stood by jonas….. and he can strike a ball well too. but yeah, like G says, he just cant cut it in the Premier League, its a shame but its true.


    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry for being of topic but does anyone no how to change the little picture by your name?

  • Pwnanza

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    @Tom Tomb,

    How can you say he was the worst player on the pitch v stevenage? Everyone was rubbish that game, and i mean Everyone.

  • Ollieh51

    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone remember how good he was vs West Ham?

    Yes, they were poor that night we took them to the cleaners, but when you look at how long a season is now and how thin our squad is, I think we all agree that a player like him can be the difference beteween fighting to stay up and have a more mid-table finish.

    You need an injection of pace to the game, Ranger has shown how threatening that can be, and we are so short of wingers now it has hurt us.

    Get him back, see if we can replace him AND get another player in as cover and then look at letting him go.

    Ok, I’m dreaming, he’ll be sold and not replaced won’t he?!

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Wayne’s just got a bit a a psychological problem with playing in the Prem now.

    He looks an absolute world-beater in the Championship, with bags of confidence and loves to get a shot off at goal. In particular he loves beating a man with his pace…

    He doesn’t seem to have the confidence in himself to even try getting up to the by-line in and passing people in the Prem. On his day he can be almost uplayable but for me he’s far better being a people’s hero in the Championship than an also-ran in the Prem.

    It would have happened by now for him otherwise. Sorry Wayne lad.

  • Manx Magpie

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Be interesting to see how he is in the Premier League next year if he stays with QPR.

  • Thump

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    @WelshToon: go to and log in with the username and password you use here, then select or upload your avatar.

    If you don’t see it here, push ctrl +f5 and it should appear. If not, go back and check to see you’ve actually set its default on gravatar.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    cant cross
    cant beat defenders (since he is a winger)
    his passing is all backwards

    been with 4 team at the premierleague, never make it.

    He is a good championship player thats all, and even if he join QPR – he will still struggle and then go back to championship AGAIN

  • dave 1961

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    should have sent him to a hypnotist, i remember an Irish boxer doing it and he became world champion

  • shearermania

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    actually a player who wants to play for us…..

  • jackdnufc

    Apr 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Think Wayne is hard done by here. I think he does perform well, albeit occasionally, in the Premiership. Fans getting on his back like this cannot do his confidence any good saying as it’s clear that he will be nervous playing in the Prem due to the fact that he knows he has failed there a few times.

    Lord knows we could really do with him now.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Funny all you fans who expect loyalty from our players find it oh so easy to vut them loose with the old cant cut it in the pl.

    What rubbish. Chris showed NO belief in Wayne as soon as we got to the premiership. He was barely given a game like Lovenkrands. They aint the best players but they are decent squad players and I for one think Wayne will never set the world on fire but that does not mean he cant do a good job given the chance. We need a right winger. Hell we need a back up right winger so why not give the lad a shot. He is on peanuts and I’d rather have him than have another 1.5 mill towards another guy who could flop anyway

  • boonarmy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    why doesnt pardew recall him now for the remainder of the season to see what he can do hes had a run of games for qpr and theyr promoted now so its not like they need him.


    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank you Thump.
    Personally I think we should keep Routledge as a squad player his pace makes him a good impact sub, if he can get over that psychological barrier he could become a top class player.

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20


    Wouldn’t do any harm would it? We’re down to the bare bones.

  • toonturtle

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    He would be good as a sub to come on, but theres no way he could be a 1st choice player.
    I think thats when he’s best, brought on from the bench.

  • skutball1892

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Although I do like the lad, I think if we can get a good deal with QPR e.g. a swap for Taraabt and say £3M wouldn’t be bad business?

  • skutball1892

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Meant to say we give them £3M just to clear that up 🙂

  • nufc90

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    apparently we’ve already agreed a deal to replace him

  • AndyMac

    Apr 14, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Can anyone really explain why Pardwho and Co. were stupid enough to let this bloke go when there was no other suitable replacement ?

    Answer: Because Fatman doesnt give a ph@ck about this club.

  • tom tomb

    Apr 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #26

    pwnanza yeah you are right they were all cr@p, but he was the worst. Watched it twice he was the worst!! There I said it again, thats how I can say that.


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