The Daily Mail and The Guardian reckon that Billy Davies wants the 23-year-old to help Forest’s promotion bid in the final few months of the season, although as yet this all remains unconfirmed. If true though, I actually think it would be a good move for the player and would give him an opportunity to get some games under his belt and regain a bit of fitness, or it could give him a chance to earn a move for the summer if he wanted to.
Guthrie isn’t going to get much playing time at Newcastle as he isn’t going to get in the team ahead of the likes of Kevin Nolan and Cheik Tiote who are our first choice central midfield pairing at the moment. Then we have Dan Gosling, Stephen Ireland as well as Joey Barton who can all play in the middle of the park. I can’t realistically see Guthrie getting a game ahead any of those either.
When you look at it like that it, then you can see that sending Guthrie out on loan somewhere makes sense for a player who is likely to see his chances in the first team limited.
The midfielder was instrumental for us in our promotion campaign last season and racked up the assists from both a central position and a right midfield position. Some will say that he found his level in The Championship, but I don’t buy that. I just think the lad needs a run of games to get back up to speed. After all. he has been hampered by injury.
If there is any truth then I wish him all the best. As I said, he was an important player last season and helped to dig us out of a hole, so for that he should always be thanked. However, if there is no truth in this and he ends up staying I wouldn’t be too bothered as I feel that he still has something to offer for us in the Premier League.
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