With this in mind, for a formation that requires three midfielders, the fact that Guthrie has been allowed to leave could prove a major concern in the sense that he was without doubt, along with Tiote and Cabaye, one of the three best midfielders at the club last season.
So while the profile of targets such as Debuchy and De Jong excite me that the club are looking to push on, it similarly encourages me that they don’t see Best or Guthrie as good enough even to be squad players.
I love Tim Krul but as we all know, footballers aren’t for life (Shola excepted!) and one day he is likely to leave and now we are only one injury away from a real problem with our last line of defence.
…Danny Guthrie’s wedding last weekend, with claims that staff at upmarket Allerton Castle reckoned it resembled ‘more Big Fat Gypsy Wedding than our usual clientele,’ and said those attending had ‘behaved like peasants with money’.
Newcastle United have announced the departures of eleven players, including Guthrie, Lovenkrands and the disastrous Alan Smith, a player who must have cost the club around £20m and not even one goal in five years to show for it.