Danny Guthrie signed for Newcastle United on 11th July 2008 from Liverpool, for an undisclosed fee, which was believed to be in the region of £2.5M, on a four year contract.
Danny Guthrie – in action at Wolves
So Danny’s contract at Newcastle runs out next June, and the Shrewsbury-born midfielder has so far played 87 times with 8 goals for Newcastle.
But Danny has had a tough time of it over the last two seasons with injuries, and in that time he has made only 17 appearances for the first team, and only two appearances so far this season.
His last appearance for Newcastle was in the last game, for a few minutes at the end of the Wolves 2-1 win, when he replaced Yohan Cabaye after 89 minutes in that game.
We have no idea if the 24 tear-old will be offered a new contract on Tyneside, but Danny is doing the right thing, and he is happy enough to focus only on how he can get back into the Newcastle first team.
That’s exactly what Danny should be doing, and this is what the central midfielder told the local Newcastle press today:
“I’ve got six months left at Christmas, so we’ll assess it in January,” “I’m not worried about deals or things like that, there’s no rush.”
“I’m happy with how things are going, and I just want to get back in the team.” “It was frustrating last season because of all the injuries.”
When Danny has been given a run in the Newcastle first team he has done well, and he’s a good player.
However, with Tiote, Cabaye, Gosling and Abeid having all arrived over the last 16 months on Tyneside, there is much more competition for Guthrie now, in a much stronger Newcastle squad.
But all Danny can do is to keep his head down and try to impress manager Alan Pardew, and get himself a run in the first team.
And that’s just exactly what Danny seems to be doing – to his credit.
We will know soon enough if Danny will be offered a contract extension to remain on Tyneside, and until then we’d like to see Danny get more playing time on Tyneside.
And Danny may get that opportunity when Cheick Tiote plays for the Ivory Coast in January and some of February next year.