Danny Guthrie has done very well indeed in the last three games for Newcastle, after he came in and deputized for the injured Cheick Tiote.
Danny Guthrie – played very well the last three games
Danny has suffered a lot of injuries over the last year and a half, and his season got off to a terrible start at Darlington on July 18th, when in the first half he went off injured, along with Shane Ferguson, and missed the American trip because of his broken ankle.
And the ankle injury ruled him out until early September, so basically he didn’t have a pre-season, where players are brought gradually up to speed with pre-season games, as they get ready to start the Premier League in mid-August.
Danny thinks he’s been playing catch-up ever since, but there’s no doubt that he’s got the job done for Newcastle over the last three games, and in our poll for Man of the Match for the Everton game, he is only slightly behind goalscorer Ryan Taylor.
Danny has put in good performances against Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and Everton and he had this to say to the local press today:
“I’ve had a torrid time with injuries in the past year, so it’s been really nice to get back into the side,”
“I got injured in pre-season so I’ve always been playing catch-up on the other lads. Once I got fit and played a couple of reserve games I felt I was ready to play.”
“It’s terrible really when you don’t get a proper pre-season. You can do your own pre-season with the physios but you’re forever playing catch-up and it’s really difficult.”
“I was trying to do too much and picking up little niggling injuries but I’ve found a level now.”
“You can try not to put too much pressure on yourself when you come into the side but you have to step up to the plate now and then,”
“Stoke away’s not the easiest place for your first start of the season!”
Danny credits the play of Yohan Cabaye with making it that much easier for him on his re-entry into the first team, and of course good players are easy to play with, and there’s little doubt that Cabaye is a top player at Newcastle.
And with Yohan an unused substitute in France’s 1-0 win over the USA in Paris last night, there has to be a very good chance that the French International will now be fit for the Manchester City game a week today.
Guthrie obviously is a great admirer of the play of the French International, as he continued:
“He’s a top, top player and a top lad as well so it makes him easy to play with,” “He’s well liked in the dressing room as well. It’s part of the squad’s feeling as well.”
“Everyone knows we lost some big personalities in the summer, but everyone gets on well with everyone else in the dressing room, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had such a good start to the season.”
“He’s still learning English but we can have a conversation and he’s a very good player, which is the most important thing.”
And Danny’s comments are further proof that the spirit in the Newcastle dressing is now as good as it’s ever been.
We do expect both Cabaye and Tiote to be back for the game against Manchester City, but if either is not 100% fit, we could see Danny start that game, and it’s obvious from Alan Pardew’s recent comments, that he has great faith in the 24 year-old former Liverpool midfielder.
And we expect Danny to be offered a new deal very soon, to stay on Tyneside beyond his current contract, which runs out next June.