With Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez all battling for the two wide positions at Newcastle, there is now increased competition for places, which will become even keener next season, we hope.
Jonas Gutierrez – will fight for his place on Tyneside
The Argentine International told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ll just keep on working hard and giving the manager a decision to make.” “It’s good for us to have competition for places.”
“We’re all working hard to make sure we get through the season.”
After the tough Bolton games tomorrow Newcastle have the visit of the mighty Manchester United, who are due on Tyneside on Wednesday night, and then we have another critical and nervous 6 pointer 10 days later at Hull City on 14th March.
Since Hull City have beaten us twice at home this season, we need all 3 points in that game, that’s for sure.
Chelsea and Arsenal are also coming to St James’ Park, and Gutierrez feels the next few games could make or break Newcastle’s season, and he’s probably right about that.
“We now have five matches which are going to be very important for us – they are the most important matches of the season.”
“The players who have come in in the last month are very good.” “All the team is together, and that is very important.”
“We need confidence, and we need to take three points in the next match – hopefully we get them at Bolton.”
Jonas was Newcastle’s first summer signing, and he’s been a good one, but in his first season at the club, the lad has already worked under Kevin Keegan, Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear as managers, which cannot be easy for the players.
With Hughton now back as manager in Joe’s forced absence, Jonas seems happy enough with the situation, and is concentrating only on playing his football at Newcastle, as Kinnear attempts to rest up after his triple heart bypass.
“There have been many changes, which can be difficult.”
“But we know what we have now is what we’re going to have for the rest of the season, so we don’t have to think about that.” “We can think only about playing football and winning matches.”
“For the club, it’s been a difficult season, but we have to do the best in the last matches, and then we can think about next season.”
We need Jonas at his very best in these next two games, and if we can get 4 points we’ll be flying. Jonas had one of his very best games at Old Trafford, where Newcastle are still the only club not to taste defeat in the Premier League there this season.
Two good performances are what we need right now, starting with Bolton at The Reebok tomorrow – but we’ll not get too far ahead of ourselves, and take just one game at a time.
We need 3 points at Bolton tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!