Wayne Routledge linked with Forest switch.

Off to Forest?
There is news today that Steve McClaren is interested in taking Wayne Routledge to Nottingham Forest after reportedly making an approach for the winger.

Wayne spent the tail end of last season on loan at his former club QPR and played a big part in the club’s title push, putting in a number of decent performances for the R’s. Wayne duplicated the fine form for QPR that he produced whilst playing for Newcastle in the Championship the previous season.

Routledge was expected to make his loan switch to QPR permanent this summer but negotiations have failed to materialize. Wayne is very much still a Newcastle player as things stand and has attended pre-season training with the club.

There is no doubting that Wayne has ability as he has produced some excellent performances in the Championship. But he hasn’t always been able to cut it in the Premier League and it’s maybe a level that’s just beyond Routledge’s capabilities. Wayne is a much travelled man who has had multiple clubs in his short career.

Only 26,the player has tried and failed at a few Premier League clubs in recent years. It seems as if Newcastle are the latest club to tell the player he is surplus to requirements. If Wayne truly has no future at the club then a team like Forest would be a great switch for Routledge in my opinion. I think Forest will have a decent season next year and maybe Wayne could make it three promotions in a row.

We all know that Alan Pardew intends to tell a few individuals at the club that they aren’t in his first team plans and if they stay they will merely be squad players. I think Wayne will probably be one of the lads to have that conversation with Alan. I believe if a concrete bid comes in the club will want to accept the offer and move the winger on.

From a personal point of view I’d be happy enough to keep Routledge in the squad. I think he has ability and could still do a job at Newcastle, but I also think Wayne would benefit from someone showing a bit of faith in him. It cant be easy to be moved on all the time and will inevitably knock your confidence a bit. It must of been hard for the guy to be part of such a successful season with Newcastle and then shipped back out to the Championship last season.

I genuinely think if a manager put their arm around the lad and told him he’s a good player and give him a full season in the top flight he has the potential to repay the faith. With that being said Spurs, Pompey, Fulham and Villa didn’t see that potential previously. I do think the player would jump at the chance to stay with United, but he’s also probably aware that his chance maybe limited next season.

Either way good luck to Wayne. If he does move on I hope to see him do well. I think he’s a good player, he just has to improve in certain areas. How would you guys think about Wayne moving on?

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

31 thoughts on “Wayne Routledge linked with Forest switch.

  1. I share the same view Mark, I wouldnt mind keeping him, but if he does move on I will wish him all the best. Seems like he’s a decent lad, got some good banter on twitter.

    Forest would be a good move for him – for his own sake he needs to find a club and settle down, moved around every single season.


  2. Be sad to see him go , He scored a cracking goal against coventry for my first trip to ST James park. But that is more personal than anything else. He might not be good enough for the premiership but wish him well.


  3. He changed a disjointed side into a balanced one in the ccc.

    Good luck to him.

    Just hope Lambias remembers he’s saving on his wages and mentions it when discussing money issues. 🙂


  4. why are sunderland buying these players from man u???
    for all the disappointments of our regime, i’m glad we aren’t lashing out 4/5 year contracts to 31 yr olds…. HA.

    ( i reckon SAF decided to get rid of the players that got bitched 4-0 by WH in the cup 🙂 )

    got to say the new site is class! good job!


  5. On routledge…. we all know that he’s good in the ccc and not good enough for the prem. i say offer him to reading tho and get long. we need a pacey striker in asap.


  6. i still think Chelsea will be buying big this year and Sturridge may well become available, although, i doubt our owners have the ambition to beat off undoubted competition


  7. Does any body think its just typical that we were aware that a pacey striker was needed for this season, yet we seem to only have potentially 2 different options! Typical….


  8. TOONARMY87 or maybe our owners can see sturrigde not good enough despite what some of the wallys think.did he light up the under 21 torny answer no, did he bang a hatfull of goals no did he really stand out no so what makes peeps think he can do it week in week out in the best league in the world


  9. I met WR in a restaurant in Toon last game of the season when QPR played smogs and he was back up here and he said he did not want to leave even for QPR but Pards didn`t rate him. Nice kid but not Prem class. Forest would be a good move for him.


  10. Good luck to Routledge. Never caused an issue for us. Just not good enough at the top level.

    Disagree with this bit though:

    “With that being said Spurs, Pompey, Fulham and Villa didn’t see that potential previously.”

    I’d say they did see the potential, but they soon cottoned on that the lad just doesn’t have it in him to realise it.


  11. Mark, what time you three planing on getting there? I think i’m taking a few on the train with me so I may already be in a state 😆


  12. best transfer this window is the News of the world getting the boot…

    oh how Ive waited for this day since they set-up freddie ‘pork finger’ shepherd for no reason other than the Toon are northern and were doing well..

    bye bye tripe..


  13. We’ve got to sell him, we can use the money we recieve to pay the electricity bill for the next 150 years!


  14. I think most people are on the last thread prodding the Mackem. Have a look. Some of it is comedy gold. Mark you should get him to be the Sunderland away fan view guy 😆


  15. I heard somewhere that Wayne was a bit of a prima donna in his youth and perhaps didn’t put the work in to get to a solid level of consistency. I respect his ability, and i don’t think he was really given a fair run by Pardew. If he were to go i wouldn’t be sad but maybe slightly disappointed for him as i felt he has shown patience and maturity. But then again, i don’t know the lad and don’t know what goes on. I’ve not seen him have a strop or run to the press. If he could learn to tackle and defend maybe he could give attacking fullback a try. Maybe that’s wishful thinking,


  16. According to Wikipedia Ben Arfa is number 10 now and Routledge is number 53 ??? 😕 Is this true or is this the whole thing with players wearing random numbers on their training tops ?? What kind of a number is 53 to give a player ?!


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