Guthrie Making Case For New Newcastle Contract – Give Him It

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?

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Give him a contract.. Good replacement squad player!

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    And I’m first!! Finally… back to topic, I always like to reward players who gave their heart out, whenever they got a chance to play, eventhough they are not the 1st 11 players.. Shows taht they’re putting a lot of effort in training & during reserve games. Got to salute them & respect their decision to stay too..

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Plus.. we will be savings millions of pound to buy back up players… HOWAY!!!


    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    If you ask me too good for a squad player…

  • Klatoon

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    If Cabaye does not make it for the citeh game it’l mean Guthrie playing in his favored more attacking midfield role with Tiote DM. Perfect player to spring counter attacks with his accurate long passes down the channels.


    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    All for him getting a contract but if he doesn’t am not that upset. For all his good points he isn’t that consistant (worst player on the park in a reserves game not to long ago) plus he has a bad track record of injuries

    Would like him to stay but we have Gosling waiting and reportedly after another CM(hopefully a CDM) in the transfer market

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Ameobi > agree there mate. It will be up to him if he stays or not imo. If he is happy to be a squad player and come in for cover when called upon then so-be-it. If he wants regular football then he may simply ask to leave!! All depends on whether he is happy to keep fighting for his place or wants to play every week. He could get into the CM role for 90% of the rest of the league >

    But as Stuart says, we have “THE BEST” CM partnership since Xavi_Iniesta 😉


    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon tom, yeah I guess but I’d like to keep him, decent lad.
    As for “the best” CM partnership since Xavi and Iniesta that might be Fabregas and Xavi now 😉

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    guys anyone remember who played the ball to simpson before he crossed for the goal against everton??


    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    If his form continues, could we not look at him replacing Obertan on the right-hand side for a while? Whilst I still think Obertan will develop into a good player over the next couple of years, he has been a little up and down and it wouldn’t hurt to be rotating him more often, as he seems to have been getting a lot of game time! This will then make both players fight that little bit harder and Guthrie has proved he deserves more game time but is unlikely to wedge out either Tiote or Cabaye when both fit.

    Also, glad to see Samieobi get a run out at the weekend. Would just like to see Haris and Abeid get a bit of a shot now, but perhaps after the next 3 games!

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Ameobi – true !!!!

    I would love him to stay tho, we need decent players like him who work hard! he can pick out a pass too!

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    ToonRose > Guthrie isnt half as good on the wing. He is definitely at his best in the centre of the park imo. I would rather play Gosling, Santon, Raylor or Sammy out wide to be honest!

  • Klatoon

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    ArdenTOON,im not certain,it was either Cab or Guthrie. Actually i had trouble tellin them apart al game on the telly with their similar builds

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    and yes guthrie has played well in the last two games..would like 5 man midfield against mancity..the same defence with the midfield like

    Marv Guthrie Tiote(deep) Cab Guti

    Ba/Best i’m not sure

  • tiotal football

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15


    I agree – I want to see Abeid get a run out in the league if not I’d like to see him and Vuckic get loaned out

    If you look at the likes of tom cleverely, wilshire etc

    They developed by going on loan to lesser premier league sides or even if they went to a championship team

    Just so that they can get most accustomed to the physicallity of english fotoball and playing week in week out

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Klatoon same here,with tiote and cab its easy but these two you can never tell 😀

  • Xavi

    Nov 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    hope we go for junior hoilett when blackburn get relegated

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    would love us to sign Hoillet but dont think we will

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    regarding hoilett he’s in the last year of his contract and we can have him commit to a precontract in Jan or buy him for a reasonable fee if possible, and knowing ashley it’ll mostly be the former.

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    89 > unless they drop their initial valuation (18M) then we wont get him. If he wants to join us he could refuse to go elsewhere then we could get him for free in the summer 😉

    “heres hoping” > class player

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    @ GeordieToon89 – Think it will be tough too seeing as he is a 1st team regular and we’re hardly going to have OberToon sat on the bench given the amout we paid for him etc.

    Would love him to come in as I think he’s a better player that offers a hell of a lot more going forwards but can’t see him coming even though OberToon is our only recognised right sided player (bar Jonas.)

    Would be cheaper than a purchase but would never want to sit on the bench?


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Guthrie on the right he is pap, saw that last year.

    Also why does everyone think Abied is ready for first team action? He came from Lens where he never played a competitive game and now he has come to a harder league give the kid some time in the reserves and time to train, I have no doubt he is one for the future but not now imo

    Vuckic is streets ahead of him but cant stay fit ideal for a loan to Wigan or a similar sized club


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Hoilett would be the ideal sexy Pete replacement

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    @ WWJBD – Would love to see our youth and reserve players doing that.

    Look at Wilshere over at bolton and Cleverly with Wigan.

    It’s the way forwards. Gain eperience in the PL whilst staking a claim for the new season and saving us money and time searching for new 1st team players?

  • Stuart

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Why does everyone want us to play defensively in the next 3 games with a 5 man midfield? I think it was WWJBD that pointed out the other day that these teams are used to that and all we’d be doing is allowing them to play the kind of game they’re used to.

    In the next few games we should be using the ‘we’ll score one more than you’ method and just attack, attack, ATTACK!

    Its the last thing they’d expect.


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    I think players we have who would benefit from a loan would be Vuckic and Ferguson others we need or arent ready imo

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #27

    @stuart: It will be harakiri if we went out to attack especially at their home..ManU tried it and see what happened to them. Mancity play a five man midfield and you would’nt want to be outnumbered in the middle against such quality players

  • IPToon

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Back on topic. Guthrie has been brilliant, always thought he was a good player, not the quickest but good technically with a good eye for a pass. This is why he has to play centre mid and not on the wing as he keeps things ticking over and picks out the runs of the wingers, he hasnt got the ability to take fullbacks on and make the runs as a winger. Keep him in the centre where he wants to be. Give him a new contract also.

    Also is it a coincedence how Guthrie looks better next to other good players who work hard and cover a lot of ground and make options to pass to (Cabaye, Obertan)?? as apposed to playing next to players who didnt have the legs to help win the ball back and didnt really make many options to pass the ball to (Nolan, Barton)? hence why we played long balls all the time? cheap shot there at past players which we can do now we look a lot better lol 🙂

  • IPToon

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Team Vs City

    Ben Arfa

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    @ WWJBD – Yeah, I agree there.

    Kadar could do with some more game time but I doubt would be looked at by a top flight team?

    And the others you’d want around in the reserves just in case.

    Doubt any of the teams lower down in our league would ‘need’ those two though?

  • Sir Alan

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31




    —————Ben Arfa—————


    This will be our team i think for City but not sure whether Santon will start or if he choses Loverkrands instead of Ben Arfa.


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Haha I wouldnt go all out attack…but if Savic is playing stick Best to him like glue and watch the kid crumble.

    5 at the back solid back 4 and Tiote sat just in front of them then wingers slightly deeper to cover Nasri and Silva a bit more and allow Ba Best and Cabaye/Guthrie to just attack like crazy

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    I think it would be better to change our formation, esp against ManCity who have an abundance of quality in the middle.
    We have seen all season that we are alot quicker on the counter attack and we hunt in packs now, so playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, we pack the midfield with our quality, and have pottentially 4 attacking players to ATTACK ManCity on the break!






    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Yeah true mate, I think someone could do with Vuckic a good classy attack minded CM Wigan need someone like that as do Bolton maybe even Fulham but probably not.

    As for Ferguson yeah not sure a PL team would want him but Championship surely someone would?

    Kadar I think needs to prove himself worth of a contract extension but dont know whether going out on loan would be good or bad for that tbh

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #35

    @ WWJBD – Agreed.

    They have a very mobile forward 5 players.

    Wacthing them got at us in a 4 – 4 – 2 would be like watching a gang rape in slow motion.

    Yaya Toure will have a decent job of by passing Tioté given the pace and strength he has too but then keeping tabs on the other 4 will really stretch us.

    In the same way that they will get at us exposing Raylor’s lack of pace, we need to do the same to Savic.

    I expect SanToon to get a run out at some point?

  • beefman13

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    ed, ive got to go against the grain concerning danny guthrie, i thought he played really well against stoke no question he put a shift in as you say against everton but we hardly touched the ball in central midfield for a bout 20 mins and there was quite a bit of pressure put on us, he will do 1 or 2 really good things during a match and look the part then he goes back to the sideways balls and balls back to the defence instead of kickingit out of his feet and attacking the space in front of him, he can do it as he is good technically but all to often he does the easy option, young vucic and abeid are going to be stifled in our team we need to bring them through they have so much potential guthrie is stopping that happening i would not give him another three years at the club he is part of a selection of players who have had their time here we MUST keep moving forward and while many say he would be a good squad player so i vuci abeid who arnt going to get an opportunity with hi around i say thanks for the service but we cant allow teams like everrton to have as much ball possesion like they did beacuse there was a big hole in our defence on saturday after half time, putting a shift in isnt good enough at this level a good decent kid but for me he has to be moved on and we will continue to go forward.


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Hahahaha gang rape in slow motion hahaha classic

    But yeah they might steam roll us reguardless of what we do tbh but am sure Pards will set a plan up and then we will need some luck

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38


    He’ll know from the QPR game that we can’t do that. (Both when we played QPR and from last weekend.)

    Whatever it is, the lads will be dog tired from all the mileage they are going to have to put in and I think the counter attack game is going to be key for us.

    @ Beefman13 – Mate, you think pardew and the coaching staff are not playing Vuckic and Abeid just because they are younger players?

    They have made the best possible decisions tactically IMO.

    You need a fine balance of youth and expereince and Guthrie is at the stage where he has that now and if he can stay fit will be seriously pushing for a more pivotal role each week.

    We need the competition so that we don’t have the lack of options we saw last season (although admittedly it did allow for the emergence of some players.)


    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39

    Only thing about counter attack is we need to invite City into our half and thats a very very scary tactic

    We will most likely sit deeper and close down extremely fast and have the wingers stick as many crosses in as possible aiming for Ba and Bests heads

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    @ WWJBD – Which to be fair is what we were showing signs of doing at times with Everton but more so at Stoke.

    They are not unbeatable and it will be interesting to see what they do but I do have concerns about a lack of pace in the heart of the CM.

    They have a frightening amout of pace about them too which will cause a few problems, will be interestign to see what Pards and co come up with.


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