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Gutierrez was wisely withdrawn with just 20 minutes remaining, since w ehave a big game next Monday night, but it looked like he was willing to continue playing, but Kinnear was aware it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