Danny Guthie has done well since he has come in for Cheick Tiote a few times this season.
Danny Guthrie – still hasn’t signed a new deal at Newcastle
Danny first came in when Cheick suffered a knee injury and since the Ivorian has been at the African Cup of Nations since early January, where the Ivory Coast were finally beaten by Zambia 8-7 on penalties in the final last Sunday, Danny has again performed well for Newcastle.
And of course French International Yohan Cabaye is available again, since he has now served the three game suspension he received for violent conduct in the FA Cup tie at Brighton.
But it seems that Danny expects to keep his place for the next game at home to Wolves a week on Saturday:
“It’ll be interesting to see what the manager decides to go with, obviously on my current form I’d expect to be playing and I’m match fit, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens,”
“It hasn’t surprised me having a run in the team, the main thing has been to stay fit because I’ve had a lot of injury problems over the past couple of years.”
“I’ve managed to stay fit most of the season and played very well so if we’re going on form I’d expect to play.” “I’ve put my marker down and the manager has got choices to make.”
“But that’s been a bonus for us this season, because the competition for places has been part of our recipe for success.”
“We’ve already seen this season that the manager has kept faith in players that have played well and hopefully he’ll do the same with me.”
“Spurs wasn’t a nice result and it doesn’t look great on our record, but with the points we’ve picked up in previous games, it was a game we could afford to lose although we didn’t want to lose it obviously.”
“A win at home against Wolves going into the Sunderland game would get us back on track and we could be in a great position in fourth.”
“We’ll look to bounce back again, we’ve got a little break this week because of the cup so it will give us time to regroup and get over the Spurs result. It’s a nice game to come back to against Wolves at home.”
“There’s a few months left, the run-in will be interesting and we’ll see where we are with five games to go. “It’s been a brilliant season and we want to finish it off in the right way and continue what we’ve done in the first half.
“But the next season is always the hardest to top that again.”
Guthrie was speaking at a Newcastle United Foundation event at Newburn Leisure Center and of course Newcastle have some work to do since Danny’s contract runs out in the summer.
Other clubs are now able to talk to the Shrewsbury born player and the Tyneside club seems to labor to get new contracts signed these days and the negotiations seem to drag on and on.
They are currently working with Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, as well as Guthrie on new deals, but even on Sunday Alan Pardew had suggested the club may shelve those negotiations until the summer, but why they would do that we don’t know.
And Danny is even suggesting that it will depend on the number of games he plays between now and the end of the season – there are 13 league games to play – as to whether he will stay on Tyneside:
“How much football I play between now and the end of the season will possibly be a factor, but I’ll get the season out of the way and I’ll have an open mind at the end of the season.”
Being a free agent in the summer, we’re sure some Premier League clubs will be interested in him, and maybe he will get offers from other clubs, such as Aston Villa for example, which are better than the offer he gets from Newcastle.
But Danny has also said he is happy on Tyneside and would prefer to stay at the club, but we wish Newcastle would move more quickly to sign up some of the fringe or squad players – because for one reason we need a much improved squad next season.
And it needs to be a bigger squad too.