Danny Guthrie’s four year contract runs out at Newcastle next summer, and no new contract offer has yet been made by the club.
Danny Guthrie – been great in last three games
But if the 24 year-old’s form over the last three games, when he came in to replace an Injured Cheick Tiote is anything to go by, he could get that new contract offer sooner rather than later.
Danny was signed from Liverpool in August of 2008 fora round 3M, and he has made 90 appearances with 8 goals for the Magpies, and has five appearances this term.
Danny was just excellent on Saturday as Newcastle won their third league game in a row to remain in 3rd position in the Premier League and above Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
To build up a strong squad it’s important Newcastle have players who can come in, when a starter like Cheick gets injured, and Danny has done almost the perfect job for Newcastle in that respect over the last three games.
And it’s hard to know how he could have done much better, with three sterling performances in Newcastle’s engine room, and Danny could keep his starting position for the game at Manchester City a week on Saturday, if Yohan Cabaye is not fit from his groin injury.
Danny represented the club’s Newcastle United Foundation yesterday, at the opening of a new all-weather pitch at the Church High Girls School in Jesmond, and the midfielder had this to say about replacing the great Cheick Tiote:
“It wasn’t easy coming in to replace Checik Tioté because we’re totally different players,” “We knew I was not going to be a direct replacement for him, but I had to adapt my game a little bit.”
“Playing with Yohan, who plays a bit more forward than Cheick, I’ve had to sit a bit deeper than I’m used to.” “I don’t think there’s any great secret to being able to come into a winning team.”
“It’s partly due to the training but I also think when a player comes in who’s not been playing you’ve got to be mentally right. I’ve not been playing and it’s been tough, so when I got my chance I was determined to take it.”
“Touch wood, we’ve been lucky with injuries and suspensions so it’s been a very settled side.”
“He’s great with you, the manager,” “He will speak to you and tell you where you are and what he expects. It’s still tough not being involved.”
“It’s easy to go away and sulk, but you have to be ready because you can always be chucked in at the last minute.”
There’s a good case to be made that Alan Pardew has reinvigorated many players on Tyneside sicne he arrived, including Steven Taylor, his new captain Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul , Danny Simpson, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best and others too.
And one of the many good things about Alan is his total support for his players, and we have to think Danny now has an excellent chance of that new contract being negotiated rather quickly, after his fine play for Newcastle over the last three games.
What do you think?