Competition For Places At Newcastle Is Healthy

Jonas Gutierrez has been in the news quite a bit this week,  having just signed a two year extension to his contract,  that will keep him on Tyneside until the summer of 2015.

Jonas Gutierrez – in action against Sunderland

Jonas has been at the club just over three years now, so he’s not even half way through his time on Tyneside, and the contract news seems to have been well received by Newcastle fans.

Jonas is not a cast iron certainty for the starting eleven at Newcastle, and in particular new French signing Sylvain Marveaux is pressing hard for Jonas’ first team place out on the left wing.

But Gabriel Obertan can also play on either wing, as can a number of other Newcastle players including Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and young Shane Ferguson, who scored a great goal for the Reserves in their 5-3 win at Swansea on Wednesday evening.

Jonas talked about the competition for places at Newcastle:

“It’s OK, I never care about competition for places, it is good for football.” “Everywhere I have played I have done so with competition.”

“I always do my best, and competition is also good for other players.” “I have the opportunity to do my best from the start of the season.”

“I hope that I am prepared for that but we must find good results as well.”

We’ve noticed that when Jonas’ position is under pressure he plays really well, and as you may have guessed,  he’s played very well in Newcastle’s last few games.

And his manager Alan Pardew at the press conference on Thursday, for the upcoming Wolves game on Saturday afternoon,  seemed delighted that Jonas had signed on for another two years, and he talked about what Jonas’ brings to the side:

“As a seasoned international player, he adds a different dimension to our play when he is on the field and is a huge asset to us.”

“Jonas can turn a game in an instant, he has marvellous ball skills, a terrific work-rate and in my time here, has hardly missed a game.”

“That’s the sort of consistency, fitness and performance-wise, that a manager looks for in a player.”

Newcastle are seeing that competition is very good  to get individual players to perform at or near their best, and Newcastle have made a great start to the season so far.

And there are still players like Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Davide Santon, Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie, Mehdi Abeid and others, who are  all pressing for a first team starting position, and even for a position on the bench in some cases.

All we need now is another win at Wolves on Saturday afternoon, and we’ll not only be flying, but we’ll also still be in the top four in the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Dondatta13

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Denied lol

  • Dondatta13

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone heard how Vuckic’s hand injury is healing, whens he fit to start playing agin?

  • Nufcer

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Titus Bramble have been suspended by the scum lol.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 30, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Should be back for the Spurs match.

    Much love, AP x

  • Alan Walker

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Few thoughtt we would be this pleased with the squad after the end of January, but some decent results has changed the mood. Midfield looks strong, and if the strikers get twenty between them by Jan surely defence (CB cover in particular) is the priority?

    I’m far from a lover of the Newcastle Hierarchy (MA & DL) but the Jonas deal raises questions regarding Nolan’s demands and how he may have fitted the style of the squad going forward. Age in the Barton saga now seems less important?

    Long time reader, first time poster…..

  • niffnoff

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s gotta be near fitness … he’s been named in the u21’s

  • obamagic

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #7

    picture doing the rounds on twitter

  • redondo77

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #8

    This guy : František Rajtoral of FC Viktoria Plzen is amazing right back, age 25.
    I watched him played against AC Milan in UCL.
    He is very very good right back, he gave trouble to Antonini (LB) and he defend very well against Seedorf, Cassano, Antonini.
    We should go after this guy, if the board or AP watched that game.
    In January window, Plzen probably already not going through the last 16 as the top two in the group will be AC Milan and Barcelona. It will be great chance to sign him.

  • Stuart

    Sep 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    The Horror! Men gambling in their time off!

    I’m thoroughly appalled.

  • Klatoon

    Sep 30, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #10

    From the previous post,i’d prefer the French lads communicating in French on the pitch,it wud confuse the opposition ie Cabaye has the ball and Ober,HBA,Ba are all calling (in French) for where they want the pass,the defenders wouldnt have a clue. This can also be used to instigate the ‘give and go /1-2’.

  • bentoon

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Do people actually care that the manager and owner gamble? Does anyone actually think that any of the cash they use is taken out of the club?

    The guys a billionaire, i dont think he needs to use the clubs money to fund his gambling/kebab habit.

  • BillBurch

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Well, well, well, three rich men gambling their own money in a casino! Whatever next?

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Obamagic @ # 7

    The sad thing is roulette is a game of pure chance there is no pattern or rhythm so it is pure gamble, you might as well put a lottery ticket on.

    Now if they had been caught at a card table then that is a beast of a different colour a good card player can win consistently more than they lose.

    Klatoon @ # 10

    I agree I have posted previously to that effect, I think being able to communicate in a way that the opposition cannot interpret could be a good thing.


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