Jonas Gutierrez played a starring role in his first La Liga start for Deportivo La Coruna.

After missing out on pre-season and the early matches of the season, the Spanish Club have taken it slowly with the former Newcastle midfielder.

However, on Friday night he was given his chance in the starting eleven, after previously only a single substitute appearance against Granada.

Jonas Gutierrez and Deportivo were up against the stars of Atletico Madrid, the visitors would have gone top above Barcelona and Real Madrid with a win.

The match finished 1-1 with Atletico staying third and Deportivo in sixth.

Jonas played the first 69 minutes before being subbed, only to be expected after so long without regular football.

Even better news though is that Jonas Gutierrez was the pick of all the midfielders and attackers on the pitch, with the one-time United player playing on the left hand side of a three, behind the lone striker.

Reports in Spain say that most of Deportivo’s best football went down the left hand side and through Jonas Gutierrez.

The 32 year old was the second highest rated player (7.4) in the match according to the respected Whoscored rating system, only Deportivio central defender Alberto Lopo getting a higher rating (7.5).

The industry leader for an independent viewpoint in matches is the whoscored rating system (used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves).

They cover every single match in every major European league, including La Liga and the Premier League.

Over 200 raw statistics are used to calculate the player ratings and are weighted according to influence in the game – taking into account the area of the pitch and its outcome for each important event.