No Deal For Newcastle’s Forgotten Winger


There was supposed to be a deal struck between Newcastle and QPR for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge few months ago.

Wayne Routledge – in action against Chelsea

But we’ve heard nothing since, other than some daft reports that Wayne would be a free agent – but those must have been thought up on slow news days – because he was only signed by Newcastle 18 months ago from QPR, on a three and a half year deal.

Wayne is still a Newcastle player and has two years left on his contract, and Alan Pardew will see Wayne and the full Magpies squad turning up at the Benton training headquarters a week on Monday, on July 4th, for pre-season training.

Apparently Wayne has a Twitter account and his last message to his followers last week was that he will report back to training with the Newcastle squad.

It seems that QPR will use their transfer funds this summer on strengthening other parts of their side, and a winger will not be priority.

Routledge was sent out on loan in January, after QPR’s Jamie Mackie had suffered a bad cruciate ligament knee injury, but now Jamie is fit again, and will be back for pre-season training at QPR.

Routledge made 19 appearances with 5 goals for the London side, and had a very good loan spell.

Wayne Routledge is more than a decent player, and he would be a great capture for any club in the second division, but he is certainly not part of Alan Pardew’s future plans at Newcastle.

Some Championship club could well move for him this summer, and who knows, he may be joining up again with Chris Hughton at Birmingham, once Chris sorts out who wants to stay, and who wants to leave at the Midlands club.

Newcastle fans will have been interested in what Chris said yesterday, when he talked about only wanting players at the club who want to be there, and will fight to get the side promoted next season.

Good talking Chris!

Wayne has played 36 times for Newcastle with 3 goals, and the Sidcup-born player has played at a host of clubs so far in his career, including Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Cardiff, Fulham and Portsmouth, as well as QPR and Newcastle.

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39 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    A frustrating player at times, but I do think his level, as has been proved throughout his career is in the Championship, rather than the Prem.

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  • Banbridge Mags

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Must be shipped out along with Perch and Guthrie – Championship level at best. Lovin the orange kit by the way

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  • Gibbo Nufc

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    he is a poor player in the prem, good in the championship, great in the 1st div, Could be the best in the second hahah but as for his newcastle future Nee way! hope chris h signs him up think he would be a cracking signing for birmingham and i also hope he takes guthrie so we have more dollar to spend to bring in some real quality 😀

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I think routledge is worth holding onto, as a back up for 1st team players. QPR obviously weren’t that impressed, otherwise they would have snapped him up on the cheap.

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  • Banbridge Mags

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m with you Gibbo – Guthrie simply MUST go, a complete waste of space. How many times does that boy mis place a pass or simply give the ball away – it’s like playing with a handicap before we kick off!!!

    Sub note – Best of luck the Chris Hughton at BCFC, hope he does well (this season anyway)

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  • toonthompson

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    not consistant enough in the premier league

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  • Eastander

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    dont shoot me down because i dont think for a second we will spend this kind of money, but given the money we do have i reckon we should try and pick up a couple more free’s and bid on 3 players if the club wants to show true ambition to try and secure them. (Providing Enrique leaves)

    In
    Sturridge 12m
    Hazard 18m
    M’bengue 6m

    Out
    Enrique 8m

    Since we havent really spent money on transfers so far with Nolan cancelling out Cabaye gives a net spend of 28m and a team of;

    —————Krul—————-
    Simpson Taylor Collo M’Bengue
    —————Tiote—————–
    Hazard — Cabaye —Marveaux
    —————-Ben Arfa———–
    ———–Sturridge—————–

    Europe anyone?

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  • G

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Funny thing is about Routy, is something a friend of mine said in the pub one night. He suggested that WR may be more suited to the Spanish league, where you get more time on the ball, and apart from a few clubs, they play a way more direct style of football. Now mad as it sounds, I really couldn’t think of an argument against that? Don’t get me wrong, he’s never gonna sign for RM or Barca, but a mid table Spanish club might just suit his game?

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  • sammydolan

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    The only way Rout will get games is if he makes immediate impact on the pitch when he gets the chance… which he can do….problem is he is thick as mince football wise, can’t cross off a shopping list and doesnt know when to shoot or pass. Basically he is rubbish.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Should be tried as a second striker. Has pace to burn and if we are using a different style nesxt season, ie not long balls and crosses all the time, he woul be great running on to through balls etc.

    It just seems in this country if you’re fast and skilful you’ve got to be a winger and just put hopeful crosses in. Over here we’d probably play Messi as a winger.

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  • Eastender you have just been shot down.

    Hazard is wanted by clubs in the top 6, arsenal, spurs etc. and has stated he would rather stay at Lille.

    Even if we bidded. we would stand no chance.

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  • Banbridge Mags

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone else think we should be adressing the goal keeper issue? Harpers getting older and Krul would not be MY choice – a little too nervous in my opinion.

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  • Eastander

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Fine, how about arda turan on the right wing instead?

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  • g_lish

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    The kid’s had more clubs than Rory McIlroy and he’s still only 26 / 27….. Never really made it anywhere. Get rid if we’re gonna improve.

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  • kilcline

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Rout is off to West Ham.

    Source: kilcline1 on twitter

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  • MykToonFan

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    @Vive la révolution de Châteauneuf

    Very true about Hazard. We stand no hope in hell. Interestingly though, I think we may still bid for him.

    We had him watched for a long time, and even though we’d lose the bidding war it would be some good PR for Ashley. A sort of “at least we tried” mentality.

    And who knows… Maybe Benny and Cabaye can have a word 😉

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  • JackButler

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #17

    always thought that arda turan was a left sided winger??

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  • On top of that, would Lille be willing to lose a 3rd key player?

    Cabaye
    Gervinho looking to be heading towards the arse.

    Would they let go f Hazard easily?

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  • murvar

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #19

    What about a team of tinies like Routledge? You could have Les Green in gial; David McCreery; Dennis Wise; Billy Bremner; Michael Owen – who else?

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    I would keep wayne as a backup, we dnt need to sell him, he is stl young.

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  • brains

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    What is being forgotten is that you can only name a squad of 25 players to play in the English Premier League. (plus U21s).

    We have loads of players, some are on high wages which makes them reluctant to move. They are not really selfish they’re just not stupid.

    As things stand, I recon Perch, Smith, Routlidge, Lua Lua, Best, Ranger*, Xisco, Zamblera, Lovencrands, ansd Shola not even named in the squad. (I’m assuming four new players, including a number 9, and that we manage to keep Enrique, Barton ad Collochini..they will need high wages whereever they go and will want “guarantees” of first team football which may not be forthcoming from teams which would be regarded as a step up from the Toon.)

    I think Pardue is going to make a decision on keepers once he’s seen everyone in pre training.

    *note..not sure about Ranger, he may still be regarded as U21…he does behave like a child.

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  • K4Toon

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #22

    would rather hv Menez than Turan – quicker, equally young and skilful, maybe cheaper and more available, and he speaks French and the rumour is he’s gd fren of HBA! also think the Turk is better with his right foot, more a playmaker than an orthodox winger and more effective in a free role in midfield than being confined in the wings.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Brains, I’m pretty sure last season we only named around 22 over 21’s in the 25man squad.

    So if you take away nolan, campbell and kuqi thats 19, add the three signings we’re back to 22, still gives us three spare places without having to lose anyone else.

    As for keepers, I think Krul should be first choice next season, I also think Forster will either be loaned out or sold as he won’t sit on the bench. That will be Harpers place next season.

    I feel sorry for him as he waited so long to be first choice, but if we dont install Krul as number 1 we’ll probably lose him.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    i’d keep him! be a useful back up with his pace, we’ve not got the biggest squad and as yet still don’t even possess a right winger! think he’s gone though, pardew obviously don’t rate him, shown this by shipping him out when we had no cover in january!

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  • brains

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Yep Stuart thats right but I think we still are four new signings short.

    Plus I’m not sure if Soderberg and Lua Lua will be able to be classed as U21 this season.

    Remember the fuss about Steven Taylor when he didn’t sign his contract and the threats about him not being named in the squad.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Lua Lua is off to Brighton like so we dont need to worry about that. I thought Soderberg was around 19-20 yr old?

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  • murvar

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Sell Krul. He’s just not got it. Hesitant off his line and doesn’t instil confidence in those in front of him. Harps is the best we’ve got at present and Forster should be his dep for one season whilst we prepare Harps for his new role as goalkeeping coach. We have to keep him for when Shearer takes over as manager…………

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  • listie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Wayne, had a right strop on FM11 when I asked him to practice crossing lol

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  • brains

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Soderberg is 21 on the 20th of July but I dont know what the rules are. Dan Gosling was 21 in February I think.

    It will be good when Lua Lua gets off the books but you can see why Tozer left and why there are so many on the transfer list.

    Is there a site with the official squads on?

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  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    If Soderbery is 21 in July then he will need to be named in the 25 man squad I think. Im not sure about official squads, try the official site, or http://www.nufc.com or wikipedia.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    i think Routledge and guthre are perfect championship players but are not that good in premier league but i think they can be good back up

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Routledge
    1) CANT dribble past full backs (considering he is a winger)
    2) his passing is 95% BACKWARDS
    3) CAN’T Cross
    4) Never make it at the premierleague for Spurs, Aston Villa, Fulham and NEWCASTLE
    5) some people said he is a runner than a footballer. got pace but never use it

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    murvar @ 19:
    Jimmy Krankie, Basil Brush, Tattoo (off fantasy island), and Steve Bruce. Oh no wait. He just has a small brain.

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #34

    I see many comments on here which say ‘lets keep Routledge because he has lots of pace etc etc’. Dont agree. His pace only makes him make an arse of things quicker than anyone else. Lets wait until Chris Hughton takes him off our hands (Making Routledges 87th club so far (and failed at all of them,)and sign Usain Bolt instead. Simples.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #35

    I think it’s because people insist on playing him as a winger

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    …………as opposed to what? Target man? Midfield playmaker? Enforcer? Prolific finisher? I think better coaches and footabll brains have tried and failed with him before now unfortunately. If you alter the letters, delete a few and add a few, Wayne Routledgebecomes ‘nothing more than a journeyman and will never win anything in his life ever’.

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #37

    i rather play sol campbell or kuqi on the right winger than routledge !!!!!!!

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  • ddmacker

    Jun 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #38

    I think people are being a bit hard on the kid. I don’t agree with Lynxie. Wayne has potential and Chris saw it too. He was a bit intimidated by the EPL and could’nt kick snow off a rope. Maybe he’ll go out on loan to BCFC, gain some confidence and after this eppisode that’ll be in short supply but to say he’ll never win anything is a bit drastic

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #39

    I would be delighted to be proved wrong if he won something, provided it was in a black and white shirt, (and not Grimsby or Notts County LOL)

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