Danny Guthrie has come out today and said that Newcastle thrive on keeping their excellent record going in the Premier League going, even though the experts keep predicting their good start will end.
Danny Guthrie – will start today at the Etihad Stadium
Newcastle were supposed to be beaten at Stoke City a few weeks ago, but they have actually won their last three league games, and have catapulted up to 3rd place in the league, above Chelsea Tottenham and Arsenal.
Danny says the slip-ups by Newcastle, predicted by the so called experts, have simply spurred the Newcastle players on:
“People have been expecting us to trip up all season and that’s spurred us on,” “Every week it seems as though people are saying, ‘This is the game where it’s going to end’.”
“But we keep grinding results out and winning.” “When we went to Stoke, we were in a similar boat with people predicting a tough time.” “There’s no tougher test than the three games we have coming up.”
“But it would be nice to get something out of them and make people eat their words once again.” “I’d say they were the three best teams in the league, although I’d probably put the two Manchester clubs clear,”
“They stick out as being miles ahead.” “Hopefully they’re not looking forward to playing against Newcastle United.” “They’re looking at it and thinking they’re playing against an unbeaten side as well, wondering how they’re going to get past us.”
“It’s nice that people are wondering if this is the time Newcastle are going to come unstuck because we’re already in the middle of November.” “We know this will be a big challenge, but it’s one we’re really looking forward to.”
Danny Guthrie will start again for the injured Cheick Tiote today, and it will be the 4th start for the former Liverpool player this season.
But Tiote and Cabaye are two of the star men at Newcastle, and Danny will have to fight for playing time again, when Cheick Tiote is fit again, which is probably for the Old Tr afford game next Saturday afternoon.
Guthrie talked about his lack of playing time this season:
“It’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” “It’s frustrating because you’re desperate to be playing, but it’s also great to watch them playing like that because you want the team to do well. You can still take pleasure from watching them do a great tackle or play a really good ball.”
“Some of the things Cheick in particular does, you just have to sit back and admire. There’s no bitterness. The manager picks the team and that’s that.”
“It’s been a frustrating few months because I was injured in pre-season for the second time in a row when I broke my ankle at Darlington, and that makes it really difficult.”
“By the time I got back, we were three or four games in and the team was playing really well and unbeaten. I’ve had to wait and be ready.” “I’m pleased with the way the last three games have gone.”
“If I hadn’t played well at Blackburn in the cup, I probably wouldn’t have been given a chance at Stoke. It would be brilliant to become established as a week-in, week-out Premier League player.
“I’m at a good age now, I’m settled and I feel as though I’m ready to start hitting my peak. Out of the last 12 months, I’ve been injured for seven. Hopefully, I’m over that, can stay fit and can get a good run in the team.”
Danny Guthrie’s four year contract runs out at Newcastle next summer, and Alan Pardew has come out today and said he thinks Danny is an under-rated player.
Certainly clubs in the Premier League will be watching what happens with Guthrie’s contract talks at Newcastle, and whether he will get a new contract offer to stay on Tyneside past next summer.
The new contact offer should come before January 1st, because other clubs can then legally talk to the player, and fix up a possible summer deal for the lad, when he will be a free agent in seven months time.
We think Guthrie has earned a new deal to stay on Tyneside, because Newcastle haven’t really missed a beat since Danny came in to substitute for the injured Cheick Tiote three games ago, and that tells you just how good a player this 24 year-old is.
What do you think?