On Wednesday night, Danny Guthrie scored a 92nd minute goal which led to an exciting finish in the Carling Cup tie against Blackburn.
It was a wonder strike and one that showed that the lad from Shrewsbury is able to contribute against Premier League teams.
However many fans still remember his performance in the 3-1 defeat against West Brom the Hawthorns last season and since then it seems like people have not forgiven him for that. It was one bad performance when the lad looked out of character and clearly struggled throughout the duration of the game.
During the game against Blackburn, Guthrie seemed to take on the role of attacking centre midfield. This is Guthrie’s most comfortable role having played their a number of times during his early years. Whenever the lad has played on the wing his performances have not been up to par and has been subsequently dropped. Playing in his more favoured role certainly seemed to pay dividends for the young lad, he seemed to be advancing forward and played a big role in our revival against Rovers.
Now with Chiek Tiote a doubt for the trip to Stoke tonight, Guthrie could find himself called upon to play a role in that game. It would see Yohan Cabaye drop into the more defensive role of central midfield and allow Guthrie to play the role of attacking midfielder. I think he is up to the job of playing that role, some may have hesitations about that but I think the lad is keen to show people what he is made of.
I almost think that too much pressure was placed on him when Kevin Keegan signed him. He was compared to the likes of Rob Lee and Paul Bracewell. During his first couple of seasons he performed well for us and in our Championship season he provided thirteen assists which was the most of any Newcastle player. Unfortunately for the lad he suffered a knee injury which saw him miss the start of our 2010-11 season. He was subsequently kept out of the side by the form of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
One performance last season has seemed to have changed many fans’ opinions of him. I have always been impressed by Danny Guthrie and I think the fact that he has been played out of position has probably not helped his performances. He seemed really involved in the game against Blackburn and it is almost like he needs to play his favoured role to function. I would have no problems with him filling in for Tiote but taking over the attacking midfield role, yes we would miss our Ivory Coast international, like any team misses their best players, but I would not want to risk him if he is not fully fit.
And after all, it is a squad game apparently…