Gutierrez Could Get Start At Manchester City


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.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • alex84

    Oct 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    id like to jonas instead of routledge, cant drop ben arfa, that be stupid!

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  • wynsleap

    Oct 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Hughton must be having sleepless nights at present wondering how many permutations he can come up with whilst still fitting in his favourite boy Nolan.
    By the time Guthrie comes back (a definite starter in my opinion) and then Gosling after Christmas, he’ll be a nervous wreck!

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  • Ericles

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope CH abandons his useless 4-5-1 set up. And I agree he needs to reformulate a system without his favourite Nolan. We need Jonas, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Tiotte, and Sol to start against Man City. I hope CH stops boring everybody to death soon – he is another Souness in my book and look what happened there.

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  • Davies

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s concievable that HBA could come on as a sub for Nolan. CH knows what Hatem’s best position is and, as he has said so many times before, there are plenty of “leaders” on the pitch. Could see Colo being passed the armband if Nolan ever does come off.

    We’re away, so I think 4-5-1 would actually be a good idea for this game. Maybe not so much at home. Hopefully he’ll have learned that he should be keeping Tiote on until much later in the game, if he comes off at all.

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  • Davies

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Ericles – Hughton is far from Souness. Let’s not start calling the manager the problem before he does anything really wrong.

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  • ben arfa in toon

    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    people should get off Houghtons back we are not over performing but far from under performing, with the everton and villa results we are where we should be. yes we lost points against blackpool and stoke but he needs to understand how the Premier league is now we have been away. remember we really kicked on in Jan and im sur we can push on after the results we have had recently

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  • hodnufc

    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Did anyone else see the why Yaya Toure and De Jong absolutely bossed the Man City midfield in there victory against Chelsea at the weekend? We need HBA’s pace and creativity behind Carroll. Please drop Nolan and bring Jonas in.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Why is he gonna play Perch again????? not even good enough for our reserve team the frail little man but Raylor in without a doubt.

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  • branunited

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #9

    jonas for me would start as owner, by Routledge, but, I think, beyond that, you chris, to change the formation or at least players, and that always play the same lineup and the players themselves, makes you predictable, and the teams begin to study your style of play, until you get to know how to stop you.

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