There has been some talk in the local Journal and Evening Chronicle that there is a chance Jonas Gutierrez could leave Newcastle as early as this summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – happy at Newcastle
The only reason the local papers presumably would be bringing this topic up, is that they have had some inkling behind the scenes that he may be thinking of leaving, and it seems that he wants to play in Italy before his career ends, although at only 27 years old he does have plenty of time left at the top level.
Alan Pardew is certainly trying to bring in some new wingers this summer who have some speed, but we’ll have to wait and see exactly what class of player Newcastle can really attract when the chips are down.
With all the injuries Newcastle have picked up since Alan Pardew arrived, the club needs a bigger squad next season, and should be concentrating on bringing players in and not so much of letting some of our better players – like Jonas Gutierrez – leave the club.
Newcastle need more competition at every position on the field, apart from maybe goalkeeper, where Steve Harper, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster will battle it out in the summer to see who is Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper next season.
Jonas seems very happy with life at Newcastle, as he said this today:
“When I was young, I always wanted to play in the English league and I am really happy to be here and am enjoying it.”“I prefer playing my football here than Spain, it is more competitive although not necessarily better.”
“The Spanish, English and Italian leagues are all good in their own right, just different.” “I would love to play in Italy. It would be good to go back to Argentina in a few years and say I have played in the best three leagues in the world.”
“That would be a great achievement for me.” “I do not care about that right now, it is something for the future, not an immediate priority.”
“If I have the opportunity in the future, I might want to try it to see how I fared there, but I am not thinking about that now, maybe later.”
“All I am thinking about is that I am really happy in this league.” “More and more Argentinians are coming to play in England because they know it is the best, just like they have done in Italy for years.”
“I am 27 but have not really got it mapped it.” “I am enjoying my career and am not thinking too much about the future.” “What I can say is I want to play a few more years in Europe before returning home.”
“I had three years in Spain, have had three here and have got another two years here and am really happy, but you never know what might happen.”
Jonas, along with his fellow countryman Fabricio Coloccini have become popular players on Tyneside, and they stayed with the club when Newcastle were relegated two years ago.
Not only that, but they both buckled down and showed their character by playing very well in England’s second tier, and helped to get Newcastle promoted with an amazing 102 points at the very first attempt.
Contrast that with this year’s Championship winners, QPR, who ended up with just 88 points.
We don’t want to see Jonas leave Newcastle anytime soon, and the Argentine so far has 112 appearances for Newcatsle with 6 goals.
Newcastle must keep the top players they have and bring in say five or six new (good) players to strengthen the squad in terms of both quantity and quality.
That has to be the goal this summer, surely.
What do you think about this?
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