Jonas Gutierrez recently signed a contract extension to stay at Newcastle until June of 2015.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action on Saturday
And we have to hope that his Argentine pal and the new Newcastle captain, Fabricio Coloccini, who has been in terrific form this season, will soon join him in signing an extended contract to keep Colo on Tyneside beyond his current contract, which runs out a year come June.
Newcastle are in fourth place in the Premier League on 16 points from 8 games, and they have also won a couple of rounds in the Carling Cup, so Newcastle remain unbeaten in their 10 games this season, winning six and drawing four.
Gutierrez thinks Newcastle deserve to be exactly where they are in the league:
“We deserve to be fourth. Nobody has beaten us yet, so we deserve it. We have a great opportunity next weekend to take the three points.” “It will be hard to stay in the top four, we know that.”
“There are a lot of good teams in the league. But here at Newcastle we are all about trying to play good football and keep the ball.”
“I don’t care about what people think about Newcastle, or if they say we will never keep it up or that we have had an easy start. All I am bothered about is making sure that we improve with every game and stay focused.”
“Last season, we did well against good teams and lost against the poorer teams. This season we have drawn against the top teams so far, like Tottenham and Arsenal, and we are beating the teams that we should be beating.”
“We look strong, but we have to keep that up.” “The fans have helped us. They are enjoying it now more than they have before while I have been here.”
“In the past, when we have been losing, they have not liked it. Now we are winning games they are clearly happier. It is great to see lots of smiling faces.”
Jonas is right about not doing well against the poorer sides in the league last season, and that must be corrected this Saturday, when Newcastle entertain Wigan Athletic, and there’s no way Newcastle should underestimate the Latics.
In last years fixture, former winger Charles N’Zogbia scored two goals to put Wigan two up before half time, but Newcastle got themselves back in the game with a decent second half performance, in which Shola Ameobi scored with 20 minutes remaining, and then Coloccini scored a sensational injury time equalizer to make it 2-2.
We have to hope Newcastle don’t dig themselves into a hole on Saturday, against one of the weaker sides in the Premier League, but Wigan are not unlike Wolves, and they fight in every game and their players always give 100%.
Gutierrez again had a good game out on the left wing for Newcastle against Tottenham, and set up Newcastle first goal with some nice play on the left wing.
His final delivery was a delicately placed center that was driven home by Senegal International Demba Ba who must have run 20 yards to get to the ball, and that’s the sign of a very good striker, and Ba now has scored 5 goals for Newcastle in just the last three league games.
Jonas Gutierrez likes it at Newcastle, where he is an extremely popular player, and even seems to be improving this season:
“I like it here. We look a good team. The owners are doing the best they can for the team. The team is strong and that is the most important thing in football. My family and I are happy here. It was good for me to sign.”
“It would be good if we could be in Europe again by the time we reach the end of my contract.” “It is too early, though, to talk about that. We have to go game by game. It is a long season and we are heading in the right direction.”
“November will be a tough game because we play Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Then we play nine games in December, so that will be a big two months for us. Really important. We have to focus on that.”
“This is my fourth season here in England, this is the first season really where we have been so high up the table.” “We have been down and then up while I have been here”
“.Never this high. I have a lot of experience through all of these situations and it has helped me.”
It reflects very well on both Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini that they stayed with the Newcastle club after their first season on Tyneside, when Newcastle were relegated, and they both helped the club get promoted at the very first attempt, and Geordie fans will never forget that commitment.
We have Jonas at Newcastle for the next four years, and it would be great if we can also secure captain Coloccini for that same time frame, and that’s what most fans will be hoping for, with negotiations already under way on Tyneside.
Newcastle have done great so far this season, but the only thing that matters now is a win against Wigan on Saturday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!