Whatever checks the Newcastle scouting team made on the new players coming to Newcastle in the summer, it seems to have worked.
Jonas Gutierrez – 7 goals in 117 appearances for Newcastle
One piece of good news this season is that the six new players signed in the summer, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon, have quickly been assimilated into the squad, and the team spirit remains very high.
We’ve seen over the last two seasons, that’s a very important aspect of the Newcastle team, and the relegation squad of three years ago certainly didn’t have too much team spirit, and we lost points in the league because of that.
Jonas Gutierrez has been a good player for Newcastle since he arrived from Real Mallorca three years ago, and he has managed to keep his first team place, in spite of Newcastle signing a couple of very good wingers.
The Argentine International had this to say today:
“The next game is Aston Villa, and they have a lot of new players.” “We have to get a good result – if we can’t win, we have to take a point and they will have to battle hard to get it, like QPR.”
“We are always together – the team spirit is good here.” “We have welcomed the new players, and they’re really good with the group.”
“They are playing really well, and we have good competition in all the places.” “It’s a good way to go, we have to go the same way.”
Newcastle did not play well on Monday night, and the only good thing to take out of the game was another solid performance from the Newcastle defense, although Ryan Taylor, the make-shift left-back, was given a torrid time of it by the impressive Shaun Wright Phillips, who was in great form.
We would expect Davide Santon to come in on Saturday at left-back at Villa Park, and if he doesn’t, then we would assume that has something to do with how he looks in training, and maybe he needs a bit more time to get accustomed to the way Newcastle play the game.
But Jonas thought the point at QPR was a good one on Monday evening:
“I think it was a good point away from home.” “It was a small pitch, and they tried to press high up the pitch, and not let us play the ball.”
“We did the right things, but we want to do them better, of course.” “This is the Premier League, and all the games are tough and hard.”
“You don’t have easy games, so to have eight points after four games is really good.” “What we have to do is to go in the same way.”
“We don’t have do to anything different, we just have to improve and do things better.” “We don’t have to change anything.”
Given that QPR had five players making their debut on Monday, following the International break, experienced manager Neil Warnock had done a very good job in getting the players to combine so well together, and their display augers well for their future in the Premier League.
They certainly deserved all three points against Newcastle, based on the balance of the play, but we’ll take the point, which was a very good one for Newcastle.
Now, hopefully, the lads will play a lot better on Saturday, and who knows, if they can do that, they even get the win.