It looks like Argentine Jonas Gutierrez could get a start in the game on Sunday at Eastlands against Manchester City.
Jonas Gutierrez – could get start Sunday
Gutierrez had looked in fine form in the last two games, and has reacted well to being dropped by Chris Hughton for the Everton game.
But Newcastle fans will be disappointed iof Jonas gets the nod over young Hatem Ben Arfa, and we have to think that Wayne Routledge’s place may also be under pressure on the right wing.
Chris talked about the play of Jonas on Sunday:
“I thought Jonas was good when he came on against Stoke. He was never out of my thoughts to be honest – he is a player who offers us plenty,”
“He has missed a couple of league games for us but it is very much a squad game and he played well against Chelsea in the Carling Cup. He has probably been a bit unfortunate really.”
“When he came off the bench he showed us exactly what he does well. He is direct, and I think there was one run in particular where he ran from one end of the pitch to the other which took a bit of the pressure off and turned defence into attack.”
“I’m well aware of what Jonas can do and of course he’s in my thoughts as they all are.”
Hughton is hardly going to abandon the 4-5-1 formation that has worked so well, at least away from home so far this season.
Newcastle have earned more points on the road than at home so far this season, and fans will be hoping we can get something at Eastlands on Sunday.
Indeed Manchester City drew with another club that plays in black and white strips – Juventus – and it was another mistake from England goalkeeper Joe Hart that gave Juventus the lead after just 10 minutes, before Adam Johnson came back with a good goal in the second half in front of the watching Fabio Capello.
Hughton has said he will keep James Perch in the starting line-up, and will not be starting Jonas at right back, but will use the Argentine’s speed and skill up front to carve out chances for the Newcastle strikers.
This is what Chris said when asked if he was tempted to play Jonas at right back, where he had performed for Argentina in the World Cup last summer:
“Absolutely not!” “Jonas is a strong player defensively because of the running he does but he is definitely an attacking player in my mind. I won’t be playing him at right-back.”
We have a feeling Chris may make one or two changes to the side that started against Stoke last Sunday, and seemed to throw away all 3 points, after such a good performance in that first half.
We have a sneaking suspicion that Sol Campbell may force his way into the starting line-up, but a lot will depend on how the lads perform in training this week.