Gutierrez Already Big Favorite With Newcastle Faithful

Joe Kinnear has talked to nufcTV and admits it’s easy to see why Jonas Gutierrez is already a big favorite with the Newcastle crowd.

Jonas Gutierrez – showing great form again quickly

Gutierrez, and the return of Joey Barton, helped inject some energy and creativity into the Newcastle midfield, and it augers well for our future that both players are in the top 3 of our poll for Man of the Match on Tuesday.

Barton (31%) currently heads the poll followed by Duff (26%) and Jonas (21%), who are way ahead of 4th placed Oba Martins. You can still vote if you haven’t yet done so.

The early-season form shown by the Argentine was there for all to see on Tuesday night as his purposeful and penetrating runs at the opposition defense helped create chances for our forwards.

Gutierrez was wisely withdrawn with just 20 minutes remaining, since w ehave a big game next Monday night, but it looked like he was willing to continue playing, but Kinnear was aware it was his first appearance in nearly two months.

Kinnear talked to nufcTV about Jonas:

“At times he showed some magnificent skill,” “He’s a big favorite with the fans and rightly so.” “He could be a big player for us and it’s great to have him back.”

“You always want your best players on the pitch for as long as you possibly can,”
“It’s hard to think, ‘Should I take them off, should I leave them on’,”

“He’s not match-fit at the minute but he’s naturally a fit lad.” “I was worried if he did get a knock it would spoil the whole occasion but thankfully everything worked out well and we got the three points.”

If Joe hasn’t realized it already, we have a good bunch of players in the squad, with very good skill and excellent attitudes. As Joe himself has stated already, we are still about 5 good players short, and we were hoping that gap could be made up, at least in part in January.

But that will depend almost exclusively on new owners being installed before then, and we have no idea of where we are with selling the club.

Maybe somebody can tell us – is that too much to ask?   But make no mistake the longer this goes on – the more worrying it will start to get.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Timberhead Toon

    Oct 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely love Gutierrez, would like to see something more in the end product but I’m sure that will soon come with fitness.

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Fact: We’re not going to hear about new owners til everythings signed and sealed.

    Fact: Results last night didn’t do us any favours.

    Fact: Joe’s on a monthly contract and will be snapped up by another club

    Fact: The terms of his monthly contrac apply to both sides – there can be no crying if he leaves!

    Fact: Villa will be a tough one and we really need to pull the stops out… but not forget that they can score goals!!

    Fact: We’ve got some super players in the squad and let’s hope they do us and their shirts proud.

    Howaaaaaaaaaaaay the lads!!!!

  • Darling27

    Oct 30, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Dare i say it!!! Could Duff and Gutierrez be the new Ginola and Gillespie?

  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 30, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Wohhhhhh ladddd……Darling 27…….

    It’s going to take more than a couple of good games before you start comparing them to players who were legends at the club….Duffer is playing the best we have seen him play right now; lets hope it can continue; Gutierrez is class! But we need to see this week in/ week out before we begin to get overly excited because we are after all; still 4th from bottom….

  • Macas

    Oct 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Gillespie was a headless chicken so I hope not. Although he did have his good games for us.

  • Sav

    Oct 30, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Gutsy Gutierrez has taken to the Prem like a duck to water. When you think of all the rubbish written about allowing the likes of Luque, Maric, Bassedas and Viana time to ‘acclimatize’. Makes me laugh.

  • Tore Torell

    Oct 30, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Jonas is already a much better player than what Gillespie ever was. I’m very impressed with the lanky argentinian.

    I read that Butt will be back in the side for the Villa match, and I think “why?”. He’s way to slow to cope with Young, Milner, Barry and Reo Coker, let Barton and Guthrie play.

    And let Bassong take the physical battle with Carew, I remember last time we played him he got a hat trick and made Taylor look like a non-league player.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 30, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    thaat may be different if he has had a rest

  • Sav

    Oct 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Exactly. He gave away the free at SOS when he was knackered.
    Why do fans feel the need to climb on the back of one of our few decent players? Have you nowt constructive to say?
    Butt has carried the side on occasion this season.


    Oct 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    GINOLA was a gem of a player but couldn`t defend to save his life,Jonas is much better defensively and has class at the same time.
    He is an all rounder

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 30, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Ginola wasnt prepared to defend he openly said “I’m a winger not a defender”, wish we had at the moment.


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