Does Danny Guthrie’s future lay at Newcastle?

Guthrie has given Pardew a headache

Should Danny stay? Or fly away?
Danny Guthrie was written off by many fans after seemingly not being able to make the step up from Championship to Premier League after a good season last year.

However due to injuries and suspensions he has recently been back in the team and in my opinion he has not put a foot wrong. A world-beater he is not, but he has gone some way to proving the knockers wrong and has shown that perhaps he can cut the mustard when it come to Premier League football.

Last season Guthrie provided five goals and 12 assists in a season in which he performed well. Guthrie scored an important goal in the 2-2 draw with West Brom from a free kick which was my favourite goal of the season. That goal showed a touch of class, maybe even Beckham-esque. A real good free kick taker is something we’re lacking at the moment with Barton unable to hit the target most of the time, and Guthrie could be just that.

When Guthrie has played badly for Newcastle it has often been when he has been played in an unfamiliar right midfield role, which was something that was tried many times by former manager Chris Hughton. When played in his favoured central midfield role he is normally steady and does a job, apart from away at West Brom this season where he had a shocker and was stretchered off with an injury to his pride more than anything.

Many people still let his right midfield performances cloud their judgement in my opinion, but hopefully these last few weeks he has proved his doubters wrong with steady performances when needed. Against Wolves he played Tiote’s holding role well and won his fair share of tackles against Mick McCarthy’s cloggers.

Against Villa he was one of the only players to leave the game with any credit after a poor team performance, his late cross which was met by the head of Lovenkrands was one of Newcastle’s only notable chances in that game.

Yesterday he played in the centre of midfield with Tiote which meant he played a more attacking role. He fought hard in midfield and knocked the ball about well. His good performance was largely overshadowed by the excellent Cheik Tiote, but he showed one again that he was up to the task of the Premier League in my opinion.

Guthrie has shown that after a run of games he can be a good player for Newcastle but with the return from suspension of Kevin Nolan and the return to fitness of Stephen Ireland he may once again find his chances are limited. That’s something I don’t think that Guthrie will be to happy with judging by this.

“The manager has had words and told me to stay right and there will be chances. There were rumours about me going out on loan in January and I might have been interested if I was not playing but I am back involved”

The quote suggests that he is craving first team football, which I don’t think is something that Newcastle can promise him in the long term. However, I would like Guthrie to stay at St James’ Park as I feel he is a very good squad player and can be called upon to do a job in the middle of midfield, but I wouldn’t begrudge him a move away to further his career if he feels that he has too many players in front of him in the pecking order.

Whatever happens I say, good luck to the guy!

79 thoughts on “Does Danny Guthrie’s future lay at Newcastle?

  1. Agree with JerseyGeordie and Moreno on Guthrie. Excellent cover for Tiote, and (yes, I know) better in some ways and for some situations.

    Also, far from finished product and has some serious talent that can develop yet. I’d not like to see him go, personally – but would understand if he wanted to.


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