Danny Guthrie is happy to take on support striker's roleBy Jonny Fordham
September 07, 2012
Danny Guthrie is happy to have swapped the “quarterback” role for that of support striker at Reading.
Guthrie has enjoyed playing just behind lone striker Pavel Pogrebnyak in Royals’ last two games.
Manager Brian McDermott has given him the freedom to roam forward and break into the box and it is a role that he is relishing. He said: “In my time at Newcastle
I was used more in a sitting role, like a quarter-back almost – spraying the ball about, but the manager has seen something in me and wants me to get forward into the opposition’s final third to create a goal or create a chance.
“Playing with someone like Mikele Leigertwood, who is a very good, disciplined player allows me to do that.”
Guthrie already looks like an inspired signing at Madejski Stadium.
Signed on a free from Alan Pardew’s Magpies – the creative midfielder has made an instant impact in the blue and white hoops – scoring once in his two Premier League games this year.
And Guthrie’s stats are also impressive, as it has been revealed that the 25-year-old has covered a total of 12.8miles in the two league games against Stoke City and Chelsea.
It is that kind of tireless workrate that he hopes will attract the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson.
Guthrie hasn’t pulled on a Three Lions shirt since his Under-21 days, but he is confident that if he can complete a full season under Brian McDermott he has a chance of featuring in the current World Cup qualifying campaign.
He said: “I’m a really ambitious person so I would love to represent my country. It’s one of the reasons why I did move on (from Newcastle).
“It’s one of the things I want to tick off on my list and I feel if I’m playing well and regularly I can.
“You’ve got your top players – the Steven Gerrards, Frank Lampards and Jack Wilsheres – then after that I think there’s a chance for a new group of midfielders to come through.
“It would have been easy for me to sign a deal at Newcastle and play 20 games a season, but if I wanted to go to the next level then I felt I had to move on.
“I spoke to a few clubs over the summer but once I had met the manager, and heard his plans, this is where I wanted to be.”
Reading’s relegation rivals West Ham United pulled off the biggest move of the transfer window by taking England targetman Andy Carroll on loan on deadline day.
And his former Newcastle United team-mate Guthrie believes it is a match made in heaven for the Hammers who finished third in the Championship and went up through the play-offs.
The Reading ace added: “It’s a great signing for them and he will definitely suit their style of play.
“Andy looked a totally different player because of the way West Ham used him.
“The way Liverpool play isn’t always going to suit Andy – but you can see a difference it has made to a team that will play to his strengths.”