Does Routledge Have A Newcastle Future – Probably Not


Wayne Routledge will return to Newcastle on Monday for pre-season training, after a good loan spell at QPR, when he scored 5 goals in 19 appearances for the Championship winners last season.

Wayne Routledge – likely to Championship club this summer

We thought Wayne would have become a QPR player by now, but for whatever reason the deal that QPR had put in place fell through, and it seems QPR are no longer interested in taking the winger,  who was signed by Newcastle from QPR a short 18 months ago.

Wayne had an immediate impact when he arrived at Newcastle and helped the Magpies easily win the Championship a year ago, and also win automatic promotion by a massive 32 points.

But not for the first time, Wayne lost his way a bit last season in the Premier League, and manager Alan Pardew loaned him out to QPR in mid-January.

Wayne is a top player at the Championship level, and we have to think a move to a good club in England’s second division, would be a good career move for Wayne.

At the moment Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City and Cardiff City are all said to be interested in the player, but Routledge would like to have another shot at the Premier League.

That may be difficult on Tyneside, because Newcastle have already brought in one new winger in Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux, and a fit again Dan Gosling can also play out wide.

Newcastle are also likely to bring in one more winger before September rolls around, and we are hoping that could be former winger and now full French International Charles N’Zogbia.

Queens Park Rangers were going to pay £1.5M for Wayne but the deal fell through, and we would think Chris Hughton could definitely take him to Birmingham.

Alan Pardew talked to the local press about Wayne today:

“Has Wayne a future here? “Wayne is still a Newcastle United player and he is under contract.”

“He comes back on Monday. After that we will just have to go from there.”

We don’t blame Wayne for wanting to stay at Newcastle,  but we think a move to a good Championship club,  could be a really good move for the London-born winger.

And he will get regular games in the Championship, and also will be a top player out there on the right wing.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Stevieee

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s not the bet, granted. But I’d keep him for the bench as he’s pretty energetic and hopefully could make an impact. Pointless selling him really, bet he isn’t on the highest wages and we’re unlikely to fetch more than £1m for him!

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  • Stevieee

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Best* and that was also meant to say £1.5m* 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Not a world beater but in cup games and against bottom half teams he will do a good job so I dont think there is any reason to sell the lad

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  • I think that photo makes it look like he is missing his left arm…

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s not a bad player to be fair, not sure why Pardew let him go in January to be honest. Will to a tidy job against the lower teams, and will provide us with some pace and energy.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    some on the chronicle message board says the french media are reporting we are about to sign cedric bakumba for 2.5million hes a french under 21 international striker
    niafron need u to confirm this if u come on

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  • boater

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve no idea why routledge was loaned out,, or why we brought no one in to replace him, after he’d done an able job against villa, west ham and chelsea … one of the weirdest moves by pardew yet.

    I still rate him and would have him in the squad going into this season,, seeing as we don’t have a right winger to speak of.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    thats cedric bakambu not bakumba sorri

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  • Spike

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    FootballShirtsUnited aka Dave Wheelan.

    $od off will you, with your cheap pikey rubbish

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he got shippedbout because of his awful display at stevenage. Pardew had not been there long and onviously made adecisioj based on that.

    Lastseason he gave us something different so dont know why he was loaned out. But with marvaouex and maybe zoggy and fergi and lualua coming through think wouldnt be a disaster if he left.

    We should absoltely keep leon best tho

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  • FootballShirtsUnited. THAT’S IT!

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Of course Routledge has a future with us. He may be crap but keeping him means Ashley doesn’t have to spend any money. If lets say Hughton’s Birmingham makes an offer thats acceptable (ie. +1mill and some happy meal vouchers) Ashley will sell off and replace him with a “new signing” (ie Gosling, Ben Arfa) Ashley will just have to make sure the notes aren’t counterfeit.

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  • xmindcrimex

    Jul 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    If Wayne won’t mind warming the bench (or not making the bench at all), it won’t hurt having him as a backup player when the usual big injuries set in…

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  • ArtyH

    Jul 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s cleary not good enough and keeping him would only keep out the youngsters. Sell him/let him go along with the other deadwood Smith,Shola,Xisco et all, its time to clear the decks once and for all, that is the only way to judge the club for what it is now.

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  • Chaz

    Jul 2, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    ‘Lil Wayne’ jinked and darted and stretched defences for QPR and popped up at vital times for them hit hit the back of the net as well. I would put it to you that without him; QPR might only have made the play-offs! Yet they we’re insufficiently impressed to shell out for him. He helped them onto the gravy-train that the premier league has become and what does he get for it? Sweet FA!

    Has he a future here? Well, until someone takes him off our hands; the simple truth is yes. Will he feature regularly for us? I’d expect him to get a few run-outs pre-season to keep him in the shop window but beyond that…

    I doubt he’ll make the bench very often – unless we end up with a long injury list because there are better players at the club for his role.

    He’d have ‘made the grade’ by now IF he was going to.

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  • sidekick

    Jul 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    If he stays he’ll be good competition for a first team start.
    If an acceptable offer comes in we’ll probably take it – just like we will if a good offer comes in for any other player.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    he can be a good squad player

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Give the Lad a Chance Has He Let us Down ???? We could Have Done with Him Last Season when we were down to the bare Bones !!!!!!! He is as Good As Ryan Taylor or Danny Guthrie and Far Better than Alan Smith I Cringe When Smith gets The Ball !!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    He has to compete hard now, as with Ranger, Guthrie, Williamson and a few others. Don’t think he has enough to be any more than a squad player. If he wants regular football he should go to another Championship team. Don’t understand our lack of willingness to bring in a proper RW or a replacement CB for Campbell. Perhaps Jonas is going to play RW especially if Jose leaves. Lack of ambition to fill out the squad is puzzling. The games in the US probably won’t tell us anything. The level of play is quite poor. A strange pre-season which may leave us quite unprepared.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jul 2, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Either get WR out of Toon, or convert him to defense. He shows no ambition to get forward once he has the ball, and by the time he makes up his mind to do something, defenders are all over him. By comparison, when Jonas gets the ball he has an idea in his head. He sets out pronto, and makes the moves necessary to get where he wants to be. WR has not the foresight or confidence of a quality winger.

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #22

    He is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to play at the premierleague

    Even QPR notice that and not signed him !

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