The best player for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon against Aston Villa was Danny Guthrie.
Danny Guthrie – proving he’ s very good player for Newcastle
Danny got 47% of the vote for Man of the Match, followed by 17% for Tim Krul and 11% for debut boy and scorer of that wonder goal – Papiss Cisse – and then James Perch is on 9%.
Here are the results so far of out poll which is still open.
Danny Guthrie and James Perch are second choice for Newcastle when Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote are fit and available, but it tells you how good the two lads are, when they can come into the side at Blackburn and against Villa and get the job done for Newcastle.
That’s the definition of a good squad players, which is why we feel that Guthrie has a good career ahead of him at Newcastle, and James Perch is now showing some of the doubters – like myself – that he’s a much better player than we gave him credit for.
And that’s great for James, and would you believe it, he almost scored after 80 minutes on Sunday with a very decent long shot, such is his confidence these days.
Danny is loving life at Newcastle, and he’s getting playing time this season, after getting over an injury filled last two years at the club:
“Playing in the middle of the park isn’t something which has always happened for me here. But it’s where I play my best stuff,”
“I was injured in pre-season, came back, did well and then got injured again. But I got fit again, am playing well and am pretty pleased with how things are going.”
“I knew I would get a chance at some point this season, but obviously I have to stay fit to get that chance which is what I’ve managed to do for large parts of the season.”
“When you come in you’ve got to play well, which I have done as well.” “I’m loving it if I’m honest. Obviously every player is happy when they are playing, and especially because I’m playing well I’m very happy.”
“Long may that continue.” “We’ve got competition all round the squad, from the full-backs to the strikers – it’s not just in midfield.” “There’s competition and that is healthy for the Club. It’s a big factor in where we are.”
“I think you can learn form the players around, and you can learn from anyone you play with, especially if they are from abroad.” “Cheick and Yohan are totally different players, as I am to them, and I would like to think that we all learn from each other.”
“But as for competition, it’s been brilliant. Any of the three of us can slot in and do a good job and that is good for the manager.” “He knows that if anyone is suspended or injured then the player who comes in will be able to fit in seamlessly.”
“With the season we’ve had so far, if we could build on it in the second half of the season then who knows where we could finish.” “Next year we want to build on it again, and if that happens you would be looking at Europe. The Club looks like it’s going places.”
Good words from Danny and it shows you what a team ethic Alan Pardew and the coaches have managed to instill in the Newcastle squad.
You’ll notice that young Danny doesn’t talk at all about leaving Newcastle, even though his contract runs out in the summer.
But with the performances this lad has put in for the side this season, in the absence of Cheick Tiote, it will be helping him get a good deal on Tyneside, and we’re sure he’s been told the club are putting together a good offer for him.
It’s players like Danny Guthrie who we want to stay on Tyneside, because he’s not just a very good player and a smashing lad, but he’s also epitomizes the team ethic which is Newcastle United these days.
Long may it continue.