Rout of order
Newcastle United will have an extra body on their hands come July 4 when Wayne Routledge regroups with his Toon team-mates after a six month stint on loan at Queens Park Rangers.
For Routledge, it represents yet another new dawn after QPR pulled the plug on a permanent transfer to Loftus Road.
Once again Routledge finds himself at a crossroads in a career that has had its fair share of thrills and spills.
But once again from United's point of view and for Alan Pardew, he has the frustrating task of having a player on his hands blessed with ability who somehow can't turn it on when it matters at the top level.
Routledge made a sparkling start to his career at Newcastle in the Championship and spoke highly of United and how Chris Hughton had handed him a wonderful chance to rebuild his career.
Stints at Fulham, Tottenham, Pompey and Aston Villa failed to bring the best out of Routledge in the Premier League - and sadly so far he can add Newcastle to that list from a top flight viewpoint.
Once tipped for full England honours, Routledge has a unique ability to hit the byline and put in delicious crosses for his forward line.
Yet so far in his career, he's only been able to deliver in the Championship.
One thing is for sure, if United were willing to offload him to QPR for £1.5million a matter of weeks ago, Newcastle will be prepared to listen to offers again.
If they don't come though, Pardew must try to bring out the best in a player he didn't deem good enough back in January.
Back then Routledge's poor show in the FA Cup against Stevenage resulted in more than just an early end to Wembley hopes for the Londoner.
Yet six months on, he will report back at the club's Benton base for action and could even be in the squad for the trip to Darlington three weeks tonight.
We all love a comeback...don't we?
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