Jonas Gutierrez Is Made Of The Right Stuff

Jonas Gutierrez was very happy after the game with Hull City on Saturday, even though we didn’t progress into the 4th round.


Jonas Gutierrez – great second half display on Saturday

But with a home tie against Hull City on January 14th, and a home draw against Millwall or Crewe Alexandra in the 4th round you can hardly blame the success starved Newcastle fans for thinking we have a great chance of reaching the 5th round this year.

Gutierrez himself had an excellent game on Saturday, especially in the second half when he made some great runs down the left wing against the Hull City defense.

Jonas had started the game on the bench after a sub-par performance against Liverpool, and when he came on after 30 minutes for the injured N’Zogbia, it was a nice touch to see him shaking Joe Kinnear’s hand.

Jonas talked today about the game:

“I was happy with my performance when I came on – I wanted to do well and prove that I deserve a place in the starting line-up next week. I felt stronger as the match went on and was disappointed not to get the goal at the end,”

“It was one of my best performances for the last few weeks and I got a bit of space to attack the defense, which I was happy about because I spent most of the game defending against Liverpool.”

“With all the injuries that we have we have to be happy with getting into the next round. We showed we can battle and we can work hard.”

Gutierrez was one of three players who were making their debut in the FA Cup, with his Argentine team mate Coloccini being one of the others, and it was good to see Fabricio have a solid game again at the back. The other player was Seb Bassong who gave another of his strong displays in the middle of the Newcastle defense, which was missing against Liverpool, and the question we have about the terrific Frenchman is just how good can this boy become?

The FA Cup is football’s most famous cup in that it is also the oldest, and it certainly brought in some shocks over the weekend, and of course we have Blyth Spartans taking on Big Sam’s Blackburn Rovers tonight.

Jonas continued:

“I know all about this tournament in Argentina. I used to watch it on television when I was a boy . I was looking forward to playing in it,”

“It was a difficult match but I think that we had the best chances to win. We want to do well in the Cup and it is important that we go on and win the next match.”

Gutierrez also had no problem with Joe Kinnear’s decision to name him among the substitutes, and it looked that way when he came on, as he looked all set to perform.  Of course we’re sure Joe had told him why before he announced the side.

One thing Joe Kinnear is very good at is talking to his players and getting the very best out of them, and whatever other criticism our fans have of him, he’s hard working man, and only wants to do his very best for the club.

We cannot argue too much with Joe’s attitude, and we’re right behind the manager.

Jonas continued:

“I never want to be on the bench for any game. No player wants to be on the outside of the squad and I am no different but it is the boss’ decision and I have to respect that,”

“I understand – and it makes me want to fight and battle to get back into the squad.”

“It is only natural that we all want to play in the team, but I want to start.’’

Jonas shouldn’t fear for his place too much because he has the classic combination of skill, hard work and spirit going for him, which are just some of the reasons the Argentine is already a firm fan favorite on Tyneside.

He was a terrific acquisition for us in the summer, that’s for sure, and we’re delighted we have players like Jonas playing for Newcastle.

43 comments so far

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    classy player, top man

  • wsq

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    ashley out!

  • Murphy

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Jonas is great! really like how much effort he puts in for the team, he’s a team player that’s for sure. He doesn’t Sulk either when he’s not in the team unlike a certian n’zogbia. Just needs to work on his finishing and crossing a little and he’d be world class.

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Jonas really is a star and like Bassong (‘and the question we have about the terrific Frenchman is just how good can this boy become?’), we need to keep him and the rest of the squad happy and motivated to stay with us.

    Mr Ashley, do you hear!!

  • Dan157

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    He does much better on the left wing than on the right, I’m sure we can still remember how well he did in that Man Utd game in August. I would consider selling Nzogbia and buying a right winger and have Gutierrez / Duff as our left wing options.

  • Tom

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Keep him on the left wing, did very well when he came on.

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope the rumours that Aidan McGeady is having a medical aren’t correct. Agree with Dan sell N’Zogbia, play Gutirrez on the left, have Duff as cover and buy a decent right winger

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    aaron lennon!

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    where are the mcgeady rumours coming from? i havent heard anything….

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    cant cross the ball for shitee…put in a lot of efforts but no end product i must say….whereas milner used to come up wiht a few goals here & there…but i guess its too earli to judge him cant doubt his spirit though…amazing engine …overall a good buy 🙂

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11


    What are you trying to achieve, making comments like that.

    We are 5 days into the transfer window and yet there are so many already calling for the head of Ashley and Wise.

    Judge them at the end of the transfer window and not until then. Players will be sold but all we can do is look at who comes in, there are so many high earners who need to be moved on and won’t be missed the likes of Geremi and Smith to name two. Its time to bring in some young talent who want to prove something and not just picj up their wages.

    The signings of Colo, Jonas and Bassong prove that Wise and his team are capable in recruiting the right type of player, give them a chance and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry David Craig I agree with wsq!

    Ashley is a prick! He’s gotta go!

    There is jus so much negativity around the club an he doesn’t seem to care.

    Why hasn’t he come out and said anything?

    Instead he just lets everything boil over. I’m sure he enjoys it.

    Also Mcgeady? Do we really need another winger? Should be looking for centre mid player who can pass the bloody ball!

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Expect the following to leave –

    Given- 10m

    Geremi – 1m

    Barton – 4m

    N’Zogbia – 6m

    Smith – 3m

    And I hear that we are very close to making our making at least two signings in the next 48 hours

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s difficult to criticise Jonas because he works his bollocks off and is clearly canny on the ball but I agree there’s not enough end product at the moment although he slides the odd ball through beautifully. I honestly think he’d make a much better attacking full-back or wing-back in time where most of his hard work and pace is used efficiently and his clever footwork can be a bonus. I hope he goes on to prove me horribly wrong.

  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Mr David Craig – You are not THE David Craig so I don’t know how you know any of this.

    The fact is we will we replacing like for like players in terms of numbers. Might be a bit better quality but what difference will that make? They can still get injured and we’ll still have a paper thin squad!

    Every NCL fan knows we need more numbers in. So it’s a pointless exercise having to sell to buy!

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    david craig- what about xisco and also barton wont leave

  • ian

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    where are you hearing this about “DAVID CRAIG”????????????? reliable source or are you the new “BIG WILLIE” that was on here in the summer telling us we were goin to sign a few players and they were goin to be presented at the open day????

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Unless the current regime really, really want Barton to leave he’ll be going nowhere. It wouldn’t be a total surprise though. Although it would be ridiculous unless we got an ample replacement in. Can’t see anyone buying our injured lads though. Probably too much risk without a proper medical. I hear Xisco’s heart just isn’t in it and he’ll be peddled sooner rather than later. I also wouldn’t be totally surprised if Colo’s name gets mentioned at some point as a possibility.

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Take it from me Barton and Smith will both be sold in this transfer window. The only issue at the moment is their fitness but unless they sustain a further setback they will move on.

    As for Xisco best we can hope for is a loan deal.

    The list I give are who I expect to leave given whats coming out of the club.

    The two players we are hoping to tie up are a left back from abroad and Jermaine Pennant from Liverpool.

  • ian

    Jan 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    pennant is away to real madrid. your talking utter rubbish just another b***sh**er could do without people like you on the forums

  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Pennant? We don’t need a right winger! CM is by far more important!

    Bullsh*t anyway.

    Would anyone agree that at the end of this transfer window we will have the same number of players in the squad as we have now? Pound Land won’t want to add to the wage bill will he?

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22


    Thanks for the comment, Real Madrid enquired about Pennant but have not followed up their interest.

    We are trying to tie up a deal ASAP whether or not Pennant decides to wait for further offers, only time will tell.

  • troy stavers

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    toonikstan, my sentiments exactly. Well said. The rest cant see it.

  • kris

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    I am far from a Mike Ashley fan however what about this:

    He isn’t making any money available for Kinnear this January because he doesn’t think he will be the manager next season.

    It wouldn’t make sense for him to give him money then appoint a new manager in the summer.

    He might be looking for a fresh start in the summer with a new manager and new investment.

    Long shot I know but what you think?

  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    In a interview with the club magazine in August Mike Ashley said ‘if it is for the right player we will do the deal, the money is there’

    Where the hell has this money gone?


  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    In a interview with the club magazine in August Mike Ashley said ‘if it is for the right player we will do the deal, the money is there’

    Where the hell has this money gone?

    We bid £9m for Woodgate and £16m for Modric didn’t we?

    Unless this was just more bullshi* from the club!

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    david craig how can i trust that u dont talk outta ur ass and that ur not full of it, sorry theres been many like u who have come on here

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    If the right player is identified to Ashley by the recruitment team then the money will be made available.

    The policy is still to buy young talent and enquires were made to buy Naughton from Sheffield United and Delph from Leeds unfortunately there is long list of Prem clubs doing the same and it doesn’t look like we’ll get either.

  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #29

    u talk shi* Craig!

  • troy stavers

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    ashley will be looking to reduce the wage bill further. That will mean getting rid of the big earners like smith and xisco, which is good however we are not gonna attract players of a good quality without good wages and he isnt prepared to pay them. Mediocrity is all we can expect. The likes of stardust need to wake up before its too late.

  • David Craig

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31


    Money is available and substantial funds at that however, Kinnear has identified targets however the recruitment team and Ashley have the final say on who is signed or leaves.

    Ashley is 100% committed to club but if the right offer comes in for a player and who can be replaced then the bid will be acccepted.

    This is what happened with Milner but unfortunately Bastien Schweinsteiger backed out after a fee and personal terms had been agreed.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Its weird he’s possibly the only real “box-to-box” winger i’ve seen, sadly to accomodate him in our side I feel we need a pacey winger with a good cross on the other side, the other day i was a bit frustrated with the fact that duff could rarely get a cross in either but where i forgive gutierrez for not really having the best cross on him, due to everything else he does for the team, i don’t believe we need duff in our side. I would say a right winger should be 3rd priority behind lb and am. p.s. i agree gutierrez to stay on the left

  • Kris

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    troy stavers – Mediocrity? Are you sure we can aim that high?

    Selling players to raise cash for buying new players has never woked in the history of the game!

    Buying young players also doesn’t work on it’s own.

    Arsenal haven’t won anything for 5 yrs and they have some great youngsters. You need to invest in established quality players too!

    We don’t seem to be doing either!

    We could be in serious trouble of going down!

  • Stardust

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Stavers – I agree Mediocrity is all we can expect until the fans realise that they cant have ADUG owning us, stop crying and be real. Get rid of all of the overpaid underperforming players, which releases cash flow to pay for other players.

    I am not bothered about WOW signings – and for those who dont know you – you are one of jonas’s biggest critics. When you can criticise a man who in his first 20 games in a new league so different to where he has been playing – you cant call yourself a fan. You live to hate the club. I live to support it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    My view on Ashley is that he has until the 2nd of Feb to prove his worth. Its not justhim though its the others Llambiarse and Wise and then voiceless board room members.

    Although I have told WSQ to shut up before if things dont get done and an immediate change around with NUFC then Im going to think the same.

    He come out (MA) as said the way forward etc. Prove it fat boy. I like the idea of investing of youth and coming through the ranks but with old skool JFK who insists on using the same (even if still injured) and not giving the youth a chance.

    Take Lua Lua – we were already fudged but he gave some run for what 20 mins. Before at Wigan it was Carroll. He came on and gave his all. You will find they will as they have to prove.

    Any links to this rumour or is it all balls?

    Anyway – AO is still a prat and doesnt know what a mong is.

  • Stardust

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #36

    David Craig – I realised a long time ago that the saying “you can lead a horse to water but cant make it drink” is never truer than on this blog.

    The Mobs punchline should be”you can leave a small minded unrealistic moron to reality but cant make it think.”

  • Stardust

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #37

    David Craig – I realised a long time ago that the saying “you can lead a horse to water but cant make it drink” is never more true than on this blog.

    The Mobs punchline should be”you can leave a small minded unrealistic moron to reality but cant make it think.”

  • azim

    Jan 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    who r u David Craig? How reliable is your source?

  • Andynufctt

    Jan 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Stardust- it is “you can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be lead”
    Everyone chill

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 5, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    why would we sell barton? hes our best midfeilder


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