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!!