One poser for Newcastle fans for the team selection this Saturday at Stoke, is who will fill the left-back spot, in the expected absence of Spaniard Jose Enrique.
Jonas Gutierrez – willing to play anywhere for Newcastle
And we think that Alan Pardew will go for experience and will not play young Shane Ferguson, although Shane will no doubt be on the bench and may even get a run-out sometime in the second half, depending on the state of the game.
Argentine Jonas Gutierrez played right back for Argentina in last year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but he always plays out on the left wing for Newcastle United.
It will be Alan Pardew’s decision as to whom he plays on Saturday, but we would expect Stephen Taylor and Danny Simpson to be the full backs, and take your choice as to who will start at left-back, since both Steven and Danny have played there before for the Newcastle club.
Jonas is of course is quite prepared to play at full-back if Alan wants him to play there. and he’s played in both full back positions for Argentina.
Stoke are 2 points behind Newcastle in the league table, so a defeat is the very last thing we want to see on Saturday.
And of course a win, as always, would be great and that’s especially true since there’s another long 2 weeks before our next game, which is at home to relegation strugglers Wolves.
Having a defeat as the last game was not too easy to handle over a two week period, as we all found out after being beaten 2-1 by Everton on 5th March – our last game.
If we had won that game, we would have all been talking about qualifying for Europe and all that good stuff.
Jonas told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ve always said that I will play anywhere for the team and perform whatever role the manager asks me to.”“Playing further back won’t be a problem for me.” “I would be comfortable wherever the manager wants me to play.”
“I have played there for Argentina, and it would not be an unusual thing to do.” “The main thing is picking up points and wins for the team.”
“I only look to the next game – it is wrong to look any further than that at this moment.” “We just need to keep doing our best for the manager and the fans until we have achieved our goal this season.”
Those are good words from Jonas, and he could be a player who may surprisingly leave Newcastle in the summer, unless the Tyneside club show they have some significant ambitions for the future, and start to spend the £35M Carroll cash wisely, by bringing in some very good players to strengthen the Magpies squad.
As far as the Stoke game goes, we are looking for anything but a defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and will be absolutely ecstatic with a win.