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? « Pardew looking forward to getting his balls out! | When it’s bad, it’s very bad…#Goalkeepers »