Jonas Gutierrez’ place out on the left wing at Newcastle is in a little jeopardy at the moment.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action in the World Cup last summer
That’s because new signing Sylvain Marveaux is knocking at the door, and the Frenchman seems to be a very good player. But as usual when Jonas’ position in the side is under threat he moves up the gears a bit and plays very well, as he has done all season.
And on Saturday at Molineaux, Gutierrez scored one of his very best goals for Newcastle, as he meandered his way past a number of bemused Wolves players, before hitting a terrific shot into the far corner of the net, to put the Magpies 2-0 up.
And it’s now history that Newcastle held onto the lead – just – to remain in 4th position in the Premier League.
But now Jonas is off to join the Argentine squad, as Argentina take on Chile at home this Friday, and then they visit Venezuela for a game on October 11th.
So Gutierrez will clock up some miles in the next seven days or so, before he returns to Newcastle, probably to resume training on the Thursday before the important home against Tottenham on Sunday, 16th October.
Jonas had this to say yesterday:
“I have to focus on Argentina.” “It is always really hard to be in the squad, so you have to do your best whenever you get the opportunity.” “First, you have to do it for your club, and you do that game by game.
“Then, when you have the International games, if you play one minute or 90 minutes you have to be really good, because you know that when you get an opportunity you have to impress.”
“I am happy about my goal at Wolves, but more important was the team taking the three points.” “We went there to get three points and I don’t care who scores.”
“If I can score then OK I am happy with that, but the more important is the fact the team won.” “You enjoy it when the team keeps the ball.”
“Games like this are difficult to enjoy because you have the space but you do not have the ball and have to work hard in defence.
“Sometimes you have to do that, though, I do not have a problem with that.”
And of course Newcastle fans were happy that Jonas signed a two year extension to his contract last week, and that will keep him at the club for another four years, so he can add to the 120 appearances and 8 goals he already has for the Magpies.
It’s a big difference for Gutierrez going to play for Argentina today, than it was a couple of years ago, when Jonas was playing in England’s second division with Newcastle.
But now Newcastle are flying high, and in 4th position in the English Premier League – the best league in the world.
It just shows you how far Newcastle have come in such a short time – thanks to the efforts of our last couple of managers, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.
Chris Hughton did a wonderful job in the 18 months he was in charge on Tyneside, and so far Alan Pardew has been doing very well indeed as the new Newcastle manager.
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