While Argentina’s national coach Maradona has assured Gutierrez he will be involved at South Africa 2010, he would still like Gutierrez to move to a big club in Europe, and not have to play second division football with Newcastle.
Gutierriez – will he try to move in January?
Maradona is fresh from his emotional victory at Montevideo on Wednesday evening, as Argentina finally qualified for the World Cup Finals next year in South Africa by finishing 4th top of the South American group, as they beat Uruguay 1-0 for their first win in Montevideo in 30 years.
Maradona said yesterday:
“For me, Jonas was a big discovery,” “Since he left (Argentina) for Europe, he has much improved.”
“The kid is a complete player who could play right across the line in midfield or in defense.” “I still don’t understand why he is playing in the second division in England, because he has the quality to be at a big European club.”
“For me, he easily has sufficient class to be in Premier League, and the fact Newcastle United did not have to sell him during the summer just gone is a negative for him.”
“However, it is positive for his club if they want to return to the top division in England.”
Like any national coach Maradona would like his players to be playing top-class football for their clubs, and whether we like it or not Newcastle playing Scunthorpe, Plymouth and Doncaster is not top-class class football – let’s be honest. And it’s even worse if Newcastle lose to those second-class teams.
A winning Newcastle United side, who are at the top of the Championship table would help the perception of Maradona about the Newcastle side this season.
But any more displays and results like yesterday’s may well see Maradona openly trying to get both Coloccini and Gutierrez to seek new clubs come January.