Many Newcastle fans believed that Danny Guthrie had his best campaign on Tyneside. The midfielder has been a first team regular due to injuries with Cheik Toite and Yohan Cabaye and excelled in the centre midfield role after a few years being stop start in the black and white shirt.
But Guthrie confirmed the rumours that he would be departing Newcastle were true through twitter as the former Liverpool rookie said: “Massive thank you to all Toon fans it’s been great but I have to be playing first team football, the Toon will always be in my heart.”
This comes after manager Alan Pardew revealed that some players like Guthrie would be leaving in the summer as United pursue European football for this first time in several years.
Danny was signed by Kevin Keegan in 2008 from Liverpool and his four year deal on Tyneside is set to run out this coming June, leaving the door wide open for Guthrie to capture a first team opportunity.
Guthrie was an important member in Newcastle’s nPower Championship winning squad a couple of seasons ago and showed up with some important goals. His thumper at home to Leicester City, and a delicately placed a free-kick against West Brom proved vital goals in the magpies promotion push.
But when Pardew came on to Tyneside Guthrie was immediately overlooked for new players like Tiote and Cabaye and meant only an injury would give the young midfielder any chance of getting minutes on the pitch.
But even though the attacking midfielder has been injury stricken, the Toon faithful will remember the reliable player and servant Guthrie was at St James’ and wish him farewell when he departs.
Aston Villa were reported to be the favourite to snap up Guthrie but with no manager currently at the Birmingham-based club, Guthrie could be on the move anywhere come June.
Do you rate Guthrie? Who would you like as a replacement?