There is decent competition for places at Newcastle this season.
Danny Guthrie in action on Saturday against Aston Villa
And we think that’s going to get even stronger after the summer transfer window, which we are hoping will be another good one for Newcastle, as they continue to build up the overall strength of the squad.
That will also mean competition for places will again increase, but Danny Guthrie told BBC Newcastle that’s part of why Newcastle have been so successful so far this season:
It has been part of the recipe for success. It is healthy and it gives the manager great options when players are injured or suspended.
I came into the team for five or six games, then I unfortunately got injured for a couple of months but the manager spoke to me and said as soon as I was fit and ready there would be games for me.
The manager does give you chances, we’ve seen it all season with Ryan Taylor. He probably did not think he was going to start as many games as he did.
He has come in and done brilliantly and he has played every game.
That’s good man-management by manager Alan Pardew, who seems to talk to all the players and let them know where they stand, and he often has words of encouragement for the players, especially the youngsters.
At least the lads on Tyneside seem to know where they stand, and what they have to do to become better players at Newcastle.
It’s going to be a big test for the team on Saturday afternoon, no doubt about that, although they will have nothing to lose, since the vast majority of pundits are expecting a Spurs win.
The last time we played in London the players let themselves down in that second half at Craven Cottage, when they conceded 5 goals after completely dominating Fulham in the first half, and we had even gone ahead with a great goal from Danny Guthrie.
Everything looked great at half time – and then the whistle blew for that second half, which turned out to be the worst display by a Newcastle team this season.
If the defense plays on Saturday like they did at Fulham in those final 45 minutes, we’ll be dead and buried long before half time.
But the lads have confidence, and they are on a good run, having won five of their last seven league games and four of the last five, and a win on Saturday afternoon would really shake things up, at the top of the Premier League.
And that’s what we are secretly hoping for, but to do that the lads will need to be near their very best, and also the two Demba boys up front will need to take all their chances at White Hart Lane.
And in the Newcastle central midfield, Danny Guthrie and James Perch will have to play their hearts out for the Newcastle cause.
But it should also be a great game.
What do you think?