This week it’s Jonas Gutierrez who has been tipped to come good on Monday night in Monday’s Tyne-Tees derby, which will likely decide which of the two hopeless North-East sides will play in the Championship next season.
Jonas Gutierrez – can Argentine Internal come good?
For each of our games this year, we’ve been led to believe this or that player is red hot in training, or else the squad is confident and up-beat, and in general everything looks good.
Then we go out, play like novices, and usually get beaten. It’s 6 times in the last 10, and we’ve drawn the other 4, and scored just 4 goals in the process.
So it seems to us that this is too much of a familiar story that Assistant Manager Iain Dowie has praised Jonas this morning, and said his potential will start to show through. We’d be much happier if they all kept quiet but then went out produced on the field, for a change. We’re not being negative, just realistic based on past events.
The Argentine winger has not been too prominent since Alan Shearer took charge of Newcastle United oin April Fool’s Day, and has started just two of the last five games, but has not been a regular starter, in a struggling side, to say the least.
When Shearer took over he said he wanted Gutierrez to play a more traditional and attacking role on the wing, but we haven’t seen too much of that, and the team has struggled as much as ever in the last 5 games, with just 2 points and one goal – a hopless record at this stage of the season.
But of course there’s always good news before each game and today Dowie says the Argentine’s true potential will come through big time, now that he has recovered from some of his niggling injuries.
Iain said today:
“Jonas has been unlucky with some injuries. He’s had little knocks – he had a little knock before Liverpool, for example,”
“There’s certainly no problem with him – he’s part of it. He’s a very important player, he can play all over the pitch and we’ll certainly be thinking about him for Monday.”
“He’s had a little bit of injury since we took over so we’ve maybe not seen the best of him. But in bits and pieces when he’s come on he’s been excellent.”
“We’ve protected him from the injuries and hopefully he’ll be able to do it on Monday for us now.”
Maybe we are sick of the hype surrounding the club right now, before every game, but we’ve heard all this before, and until the players put in a decent shift, which has been eons since they did that, we’ll take all this with a rather large pinch of salt.
We’re now 3 points from safety with 9 points to play for, and are odds-on to be relegated. With just 4 points from the last 30 we’ve played for, that’s not too surprising.
We are not paid to pamper the players – but we understand Alan and Iain seemingly have to do alot of that, to get our over-paid and over-pampered players to put in a decent shift each game.
We’ve seen nothing in the last 10 games to suggest we’ll win easily on Monday night, against a poor Middlesbrough side, so we’re not buying all this stuff, not any longer, and make no mistake we put the responsibility for our plight at the feet of our players – and nobody else.
We will hold our powder dry until we see how our players react and play on Monday night, and we need a win and nothing less will be good enough – but how many times have we said that and then been badly let down this season?
Too many times, that’s for sure. But maybe it will be different on Monday night.
Does this sound like Deja vu – all over again?