Jonas Is Hardly A World-Class Right Back For Argentina

Jonas Gutierrez is in South Africa right now in the Argentina squad and they had a good win against Nigeria 1-0 last Saturday, with Jonas in the unfamiliar position of right back.

Jonas Gutierrez – on duty for Argentina

Jonas will need  a rest before he reports back to Newcastle for  pre-season training, whatever Argentina do during the World Cup.  The Newcastle manager will certainly not want to see Gutierrez suffer from the effects of the tournament in South Africa.

When Jonas does return to Newcastle he will  be eased slowly back  into Newcastle’s friendlies, during the build-up to our important return to the Premiership.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“What he will do is come back later than the rest.”“It’s important that he comes back injury-free, and we hope he has a good World Cup.”

“The most important thing is that he comes back injury-free – that’s a must.”

“We, of course, will have to make decisions regarding when he comes back, depending on how far he goes in the competition.”

Jonas looked a little vulnerable ar right back on Saturday, and in the first 15 minutes of the Argentine game with Nigeria, the Newcastle winger was turned over twice, and left for dead.

But after that shaky start he played quite well – but he looked what he is – and that’s not a right back. 😀

Argentina play South Korea in their next Group B game in Johannesburg tomorrow,  and we fully expect Jonas to start that game, but it may not be at right back.

Hughton added:

“Of course, we want him to have a good World Cup.”“It’s a very personal thing. If he comes back here in a more confident mood than not, it’s going to be a bonus for us.”

Gutierrez  made 47 appearances for club and country last season and the 26 year-old  had an excellent season in which he scored 4 goals for the club – and the Argentine looked an excellent player and fully committed to Newcastle United.

Chris continued:

“What we saw from him last season was, perhaps, the areas we felt he needed to improve – of course assists, and, ultimately, goals.”

“He added that to his game, but we still feel, for somebody of his ability, he should score more goals.”

“It’s a tougher ask in the Premier League, but what he has done now is broken that duck, and I think he’ll be looking forward to scoring more goals.”

Hughton is a terrific coach, and we just love the way he tells each of his players the areas in which they need to improve, while at the same time letting them know they are already very good players.

His man management skills of the Newcastle players last season was almost  at the level that the great Sir Bobby Robson communicated with his players.

And it’s hardly surprising that Hughton is a  big big fan of the former Newcastle manager – a legend not only on Tyneside but in football  around the world.

Chris has often talked of feeling the presence of the late great Bobby, as he uses the same office and desk that Bobby had at the Benton training headquarters.

We love Bobby Robson, and have him next to Chris on our new banner for this site.

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