With last night’s results nearly all going for Newcastle, and the Magpies still top of the league makes tonight’s encounter with QPR, even more significant.
Jonas Gutierrez – fit again and raring to go!
A win can take the Magpies 5 points clear at the top and it also looks like we’ll have Argentine star winger Jonas Gutierrez back in the side.
On the negative side his team-mate Fabricio Coloccini will miss his first league game of the season with injury.
The 27-year-old Jonas has been out almost a month with a hamstring injury, but is expected to play at St. James’ Park against QPR, and Bristol City on Saturday.
After those two wins (we hope), he will go off and meet up with his national team-mates on Sunday, and try to help Argentina qualify for the World Cup in South Africa:.
“They are both so big for me. I have to say they are so important to me. Therefore they are at the same level, I want them both so badly,”
“Of course, to get back in the Premier League is the most important thing throughout the season but to play in the national team at a World Cup has been my dream throughout my life. How can I say one is more important? It is very important that I achieve both.”
“The World Cup dream has always been with me. Next summer I want to be looking forward to the World Cup and Newcastle games against Manchester United and Liverpool again.”
“That is perfect. If Argentina do not qualify for the World Cup, I would have to take my bags and move to another country because we could not play again at home.”
“It is a very big period for me. At this moment, I am only thinking of my next games for Newcastle but after Saturday, I will then focus on Argentina. We have Peru first at home and then travel to Uruguay away.”
“We need six points to qualify and four will probably put us in the play-offs. It is going to be hard, but I think we have incredible players and I am very confident that if we play well, we will do enough.”
The former Real Mallorca player may be confident that Argentina will qualify for the World Cup, but he knows, from bitter personal experience, that no team is too big to fail.
Jonas of course went through last season at Newcastle, as the famous club, with a £74M a year wage bill, still went down – shamefully.
What we have learned from last season is that if you have big stars on big wages, who are not prepared to fight for the team, they are only half the players they should be – and we had too many of those types on the books last year.
The good thing is that most of them are now at other teams, and the Newcastle fans are now getting a taste of the players still at the club who are bringing some success back to Tyneside.
What we love to see is the determination and desire the team is showing this season – long may it continue.