Fulham v Newcastle United - Premier LeagueOne player who divides the fans is Jonas Gutierrez; is he a tireless unselfish worker for the team who never gives less than 100%, or a plodder who can’t cross a ball to save his life?

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After the Chelsea match, Alan Pardew singled out Jonas for a special mention when speaking to the Evening Chronicle;

“Jonas answered a few critics, he was fabulous against Chelsea. Everyone gets a lift when new players come in (unless they take your place!) and Jonas is a great example of that.

He’s a good player who has been running on empty and has lacked confidence and belief due to the team not been strong enough.

When you bring new players in it is only right you give him his chance and say ‘Come on, we’ve got a proper team now, come and show your true form’.

Against Chelsea he did that and I’m very proud of him”.

Layout 1I think there’s no doubt that Gutierrez has been poor this season but he has hardly been alone in that. In any team it is essential you have your really gifted flair players such as Cabaye and Ben Arfa but just as important is that you have your worker ants/water carriers, like Jonas.

Down the years the likes of Manchester United and others have had grafters to complement their real stars, in a lesser team the worker ants will still be exactly that but even the best teams they need them.

The trouble is that when your team is struggling for flair, workers like Jonas can still be busy but just end up running into dead ends, especially this season as Newcastle have missed the likes of Ben Arfa and Cabaye, while generally the squad players called into the team have been woeful. Plus of course the lack of movement of some of our players has been embarrassing, especially seeing the energy and workrate of players like Sissoko and Gouffran.

Jonas will run and run but he desperately needs others to create situations for him and of course he really comes into his own in covering the pitch to cover the flair players when they are creating their magic.

I was as amazed as anybody when he appeared from nowhere…like a superhero, to soar above John Terry for that crucial first goal. However, he got on  the end of a brilliant Santon class and Jonas had the opportunity to get into that position thanks to the quality of Newcastle unsettling the blues on the day.

This worker ant still has a lot to offer.

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7 comments
wor monga
wor monga

Always a solid hard worker who was more useful protecting a defensively weak fullback than as an orthodox outside left producing decisive crosses into the box…


...on Sunday he played the game of his life, and along with his character and courage that’s what we will remember him for.


...Best of luck to him for the future, and as you say he deserves a club that will give him another 3 or 4 years…but unfortunately I doubt very much that will be with us (or another club in the PL)

Belfast Toon
Belfast Toon

Personally I liked the way he ignored Carver during the goal celebration and ran on past him ! 


Says alot methinks.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Have you thought about a career writing for Mills and Boon?

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

Oh man!. That picture. Remember what the shop-keeper has done to this club, it's team and it's fans. Proper manager, proper club sponsor and JFK and Pardew nowhere to be seen or associated with us.

Broon bottle
Broon bottle

Great words on Jonas, but I have to take issue with anyone praising the players who stayed post-relegation.  I don't thank or praise any of those players mentioned for bringing us back up.  They took us down in the first place; they stayed because due to the awfulness of their performances, no-one would pay a similar salary elsewhere.  Thank Joey Barton?  FFS I remember that relegation season - he spent most of it in prison then needlessly got sent off and banned - and Shearer's comments after that match were spot on.  They corrected their mistake, yes; but the long term damage to our reputation was not erased.  If someone came to your house, pulled down their strides and proceeded to s*** on the floor, but offered to clean up afterwards, would you be i) thankful that they were so kind as to clean up or ii) annoyed that they s*** in your house in the first place? - See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/05/thank-you-jonas-gutierrez/#sthash.hGdl3r1U.dpuf

jimblag
jimblag

@Broon bottle Maybe if they accidently shat on the floor i'd thank them for cleaning it, but viduka, Owen etc pulled down their pants, squatted and let rip with an indifferent smile on their face. The likes of Jonas were getting used to the squad and club, more of a shart.

amacdee
amacdee

@Broon bottle I think the endless changes of piss poor management was more to blame for our relegation. Just as this season was hampered by Clueless Mark 2 and 3 as well. Players arent stupid they know when the bloke in charge is completely out of his depth and his gameplan's stink the place out. 

It was interesting to note that Pinocchio gave way to the players for the final home game and more or less told them to get on with it !