Jonas Gutierrez Accepts Perfect Role At Newcastle
Jonas Gutierrez has always been a player who has divided the fans.
I don’t think I have ever seen a winger at Newcastle who worked even half as hard as our Argentine star.
On the other hand I definitely know that I haven’t seen another United winger who played anywhere near half as many matches, who can’t cross a ball to save his life and averages half a dozen shots a season…in a good year.
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Jonas at his best was undoubtedly working at his best with Jose Enrique, they were a great team. The Spanish defender excelling at getting forward and beyond Gutierrez, who was then happy to drop back and cover Enrique if possession was lost.
Davide Santon similarly likes to get forward but with also being right footed he is uncomfortable going around the outside of the full-back and tends to come infield more often than not. The end result is that we become more predictable and easier to defend against.
While both Loic Remy and Demba Ba are right footed, when given that advanced role on the left in front of Santon, both have contributed well to the team much more than Jonas but no wonder when they are two very creative and skillful forwards with scope to damage the opposition.
Gutierrez is a worker and not a flair player, with age though and other weaknesses in the team in terms of creativity, his time is up – at least as a first choice selection. In Cheick Tiote and/or Vurnon Anita we already have players with serious limitations in terms of creating/scoring goals, plus Yoan Gouffran is arguably the ‘new’ Jonas, as he works non-stop and while not looking as though he will be prolific in England he has shown he has got some goals in him.
Jonas still adds value to the Newcastle squad though and where I do think he is first choice is on the bench, he has the ability to come on and cover any number of positions.
The moans and groans at Cardiff were ill deserved when he replaced Loic Remy, I can understand if we were trailing or drawing at the time and looking to open the hosts up. The reality though is that the home side were on the up and having their best go at retrieving something from the match. Jonas came on and did his usual non-stop action role, helping to break down attacks and protect the back four.
Like most of you I don’t want to see his name in the starting eleven but that shouldn’t stop us acknowledging the contribution he can still make from the bench, Newcastle United would be a poorer team/squad without him.
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