Jonas Gutierrez laid on the vital first goal for Moussa Sissoko and killed the match off with the second himself, then afterwards he received a message from Ant and Dec.
The Geordie duo used their Twitter account to show their own gratitude, plus on behalf of the rest of us, for Jonas’ dedication to Newcastle in his seven years at the club.
The Ant and Dec message reading:
“Thank you from every single nufc supporter.”
Alan Shearer also got in on the act, saying this about the Argentine winger:
“Jonas Gutierrez, with the tough time he has had in his personal battle with cancer – what a way to sign off his career at Newcastle.
“He has been a very good servant.
“A fantastic strike from him and that was it, once that goal went in it was safety.”
I was desperate obviously to see Jonas Gutierrez fight back from his cancer blow and I thought it would be a major achievement if he got back onto the football pitch at all.
As for being able to handle Premier League football I didn’t think there was realistically any chance and his first few first team appearances apperaed to prove that.
However, as time has gone on, especially when playing in his more favoured midfield role rather than filling in at full-back, I have to say that Jonas has been really impressive, nowhere more so than at St. James’ Park yesterday.
I’m not saying he is a world beater…well he was never that to start with.
What he always was and is today, is someone who gives 100% and inspires on and off the pitch, at the age of 31 it isn’t as though he is finished. As well as being a decent hard working player, whose crossing and running with the ball has actually improved in recent games compared to the period before he fell foul of Pardew and Ashley.
The very fact that John Carver has been relying on him so much, tells you that it is ludicrous to think it is a good move to not offer Jonas Gutierrez a short-term deal to stay at the club.
When the club has proved to be so devoid of character/characters this season, getting rid of what many consider the only real character still at the club, is yet another own goal.
When Jonas is playing ahead of the likes of Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Cabella and others, why on earth would you dispense with his services?
If Mike Ashley really wants to show things are going to change, a simple and cost effective small start would be to thank Jonas for his contribution and beg him to stay.
With all the weaknesses in the Newcastle squad that need to be corrected, why add to them?
Even as a squad player next season, Jonas can be a real asset and should also be utilised by the club as an ambassador of everything that the club should aspire to.
So as Ant and Dec say, yes we thank you, but this shouldn’t be the end of the line.