Probably the player under the most threat from new boy Hatem Ben Arfa, is Argentine left-winger come right back Jonas Gutierrez.
Jonas fights it out with the very impressive Charlie Adam Saturday
You cannot fault the work-rate or commitment of the Argentine International, and indeed he is a popular player on Tyneside, but having watched Ben Arfa on Saturday, the Frenchman could easily be deployed on either wing, and it will be interesting to see if Chris starts him on Saturday.
But Jonas probably knows his place in currently under threat, although of course he will still get loss of playing time this season for the Magpies.
Gutierrez told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Always you have competition in all the positions. It’s going to be a good competition.”“I want to do my best and Ben Arfa, if he plays, will want to do his best for the team.” “It’s not a problem. The most important thing is the team.”
“I think he can play on the left side, or like a second striker.” “He’s got very good quality, and can play in different places.”“We want to have the ball, and play good football.” “We have a lot of players, and Chris has to decide.”
We think Bobby Moncur identified one big reason Newcastle didn’t do better last Saturday, and that’s the fact we didn’t keep the game wide enough, with both Jonas and Wayne Routledge staying out wide and taking on the Blackpool defense. Both wingers had indifferent games last Saturday.
They wandered inside too much and of course in that second half Jonas was all over the place. It was only after Ben Arfa was introduced, that the Frenchman made runs to the byline, and of course this lad has skills galore with which to beat defenders.
But he’s also no slouch in front of goal and could also take Kevin Nolan’s position as second striker, or even as an out-and-out striker alongside big Andy.
But it’s very positive news for Newcastle fans, that after the disappointment of the Blackpool game, Chris has players of the caliber of Ben Arfa, Tiote and Sol Campbell to call on.
We hope Chris starts the first two at Goodison Park on Saturday.