Jonas Gutierrez is of course back on Tyneside getting fit, after his adventures playing for Argentina in the World Cup in South Africa over the summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – will play some part on Saturday in Glasgow
Jonas told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Playing for Diego Maradona was a big honor for me.”
“But I have a lot of respect for Chris Hughton too – he can definitely lead us to a successful season again next year.”
“And I’m really looking forward to the new season with him.”
Gutierrez had a great game on his Premiership debut against Manchester United, in the first game of our relegation season almost two years ago now.
Of course Kevin Keegan was still the Newcastle manager at that time, and it was about two weeks before the volcano blew up at the Newcastle club and all hell broke loose.
We only started to recover about a year ago after being devastatingly relegated to England’s second tier.
“It’s good to be back and playing for Newcastle United again. I can’t wait for the season to begin and be back as a Premier League player.”
“I have had a long holiday after the World Cup and I feel really refreshed and ready to go again.” “But I know that I must play hard to get into Chris Hughton’s best XI.”
“It was good to go back to Spain and play, but I must now focus on Saturday and playing against Rangers.”
Newcastle seem to be getting better with each one of the pre-season friendlies, and that’s good to see.
The lads played well in the last 45 minutes on Saturday against PSV, and good enough on Tuesday night to beat Deportivo, who are a good Spanish side.
“Deportivo are a good team and I expect them to do well next season, so for us to get a result and hold them at their own place is a big sign of progress from us after playing Championship teams last year.”
“The most important thing at this stage is to keep going with the fitness side of it, and results aren’t so vital.”
“Of course, we like to win football matches and losing is no fun, but we have to be in the very best condition when the season starts against Manchester United.”
It will be good to see Jonas back playing against Glasgow Rangers on Saturday afternoon, and we must look to winning that game, so we go into the Manchester United game with some confidence, that we can actually get a result at Old Trafford.
That would be a great start to the season for the lads, and may help lift some of the negativity currently on Tyneside.