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Jonas Gutierrez – A Captain’s Tale

10 years ago

I don’t think I’ve seen many players work so consistently hard as Jonas Gutierrez, certainly not over the years at St.James’ Park.

Maybe it was apt that he was captain today in the absence of his countryman Fabricio Coloccini, as this was three points built on the back of ninety minutes of graft.

I can understand people pointing out that Jonas isn’t the best crosser of the ball and doesn’t score enough goals but wherever he plays in the team you know you will get 100% effort.

I think he is very rarely less than at least a 7 out of 10 and in a match like today you need your captain to lead by example.

I hope the young professionals at Newcastle look at Jonas as an example of how to approach life as a professional football player, he clearly trains hard, looks after himself off the pitch and is rarely injured as a result.

After the excellent win at Swansea he went in front of the cameras to do his captain’s piece and had a special word of encouragement for Demba Ba, even doing his captain’s bit when he comes off the pitch.
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