Swansea winger Wayne Routledge will be fired up to impress his old club Newcastle, says team-mate Danny Graham
Swansea winger Wayne Routledge will be fired up to impress his old club Newcastle United, says team-mate Danny Graham
Last Updated: 17/11/12 2:31pm
The 27-year-old has been in sizzling form this season under the guidance of manager Michael Laudrup, also weighing in with two goals.
It is a stunning turnaround in fortunes after signing for the Magpies in January 2010, before being offloaded to Swansea 18 months later, having spent five months on loan at QPR.
Striker Graham, a Newcastle fan, said: "Wayne has been superb - he is probably in the best form of his career.
"He was always a tricky winger who could get assists and do well for the strikers, but he's added goals this season which has made him a real threat for us. Now he's going back up there to Newcastle.
"I always joke to Wayne that he's lived my dream playing for Newcastle. We live in the same apartment block and always have a bit of banter about it.
"I'm sure he wants to go back and prove a point for himself. Newcastle wanted rid of him and he's had a superb season, so it's up to him to show them what they're missing out on.
"He's a top bloke, a down-to-earth guy. He's had his highs and lows. He had his great move to Tottenham from Palace and had to deal with not playing there.
"It's been tough for him. He's been on loan everywhere and it's hard to be in and out of teams. You need to be settled and enjoying your football, and I think that's what he's doing this year."