Danny Guthrie has come in for Cheick Tiote since the Ivorian last played on 22nd October at home to Wigan and done an excellent job for the team.
Danny Guthrie – has a good game against Chelsea
But the bad news yesterday is now Guthrie himself is out with a groin strain, anywhere from four to six weeks, and with Tiote missing tomorrow’s game also, it will be a chance for some other player, maybe San Gosling, to come in and take their chance.
And that’s exactly what Danny has done over the last six weeks, and he had another good game last Saturday against Cheslea, especially in the second half when he looked a great player for the Magpies.
Before Steven Taylor was injured in the 88th minutes with his Achilles injury, and Chelsea scored two late goals, Newcastle had hit the bar three times with the score at 1-0 to the Pensioners.
Danny’s contract runs out next summer, and there have been rumors that Alex McLeish of Aston Villa is interested in the former Liverpool midfielder, so hopefully Newcastle can offer him a new contract so he stays on Tyneside.
Certainly in his time in the Newcastle first team over the last six weeks or so, he has impressed manager Alan Pardew, who had this to say about the 24 year-old:
“Guthrie has not been a surprise to me because I always knew he was a good player, whose contract we need to look at.” “His stats from Saturday suggest it was one of his best games for us.”
“In the first half we were up against it a little bit, but he still had some great moments for us.” “In the second half he really dominated the game. It is a blow to lose him. He has been terrific.”
“He was unlucky to sit behind Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, who have both had terrific seasons. His chance came and he took it.”
“Unfortunately for him now, he has been taken out because of injury. He will be back and he will be back for a crucial period when Cheick goes to the African Cup of Nations.”
Hopefully Danny will be back by mid-January when Cheick goes on African Cup of Nations duty for the Ivory Coast, along with Demba Ba who will play for Senegal.
But of course Cheick himself was only supposed to be out a couple of weeks, when he first picked up the knee injury in late October, but he has now been out over six weeks, and is still not fit.
Danny has proved he can get the job done for Newcastle, and this season has 8 appearances with that one great goal at Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup.
Guthrie has so far made 93 total appearances for Newcastle with 8 goals in his three and a half years at the club.