Well, would you believe it but it seems like Argentine manager Diego Maradona will play Newcastle left-winger Jonas Gutierrez at right back, at least through the group stages of the World Cup.
Jonas Gutierrez – to play right back for Argentina
The trouble Maradona seems to be having with his team formation, is that he’s got a multitude of good attacking players, but it’s in defense he may be having problems.
But the manager left so many good experienced European-based defenders out of his 23 man squad that may not be too surprising. One of those of course was the experienced and talented Newcastle center-back Fabricio Coloccini.
The starting defense seems fairly straight forward, with Sergio Romero (Alkmaar Zaanstreek) the number one goalkeeper, Gabriel Heinze (Marseilles), Walter Samuel (Inter-Milan), and Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich) all looking to be assured of starting places at the back.
But Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez now looks a likely choice to fill in at the right back position – at least through the more open group stages of the tournament.
You cannot switch more than from the left wing to left back – attacking wide on the left to defending wide on the right seems a different player, although full-backs and wingers these days are very similar.
But if Jonas does play right back, and the Newcastle player has already said he’ll play anywhere for Argentina, we think Maradona will come in for some criticism for not using regular defenders in his World Cup team.
Jonas of course has just finished a terrific season for Newcastle United on the left wing, and his attacking prowess will be wasted at right back.
But as we said earlier, Argentina are not in short supply of attacking and creative players moving forward.