Let’s Hope Both Gutierrez And Tiote Are Back On Saturday

Jonas Gutierrez will be back on Saturday and that’s good news on the defensive front for Newcastle.

Jonas Gutierrez – missed hios defending on Saturday

It seems that Chelsea  targeted Ryan Taylor in Saturday’s game as one of Newcastle’s weak links, with Daniel Sturridge continually running at the former Wigan player, especially in the first half.

And it caused a little havoc at times in the Newcastle defense in those first 45 minutes, when Chelsea were the better side.

Peter Lovenkrands had come in on the left wing for th suspended Gutierrez, but it was noticeable that Peter was not helping out as much as Jonas does at the back.

So having Jonas back from his one match ban at Norwich is good news.

And we’d love to see Cheick Tiote return at central defensive midfield, to further strengthen what will be an untried back four on Saturday.

Tiote has now missed the last six matches with a knee problem that initially was supposed to keep him out only two or three weeks, but it’s proved difficult to treat and it’s still not right.

The Newcastle medics will be reassessing Tiote this morning, as well as the thigh injury to Fab Coloccini, as Alan Pardew goes around the rest of the players asking if they have ever played at center-back. 😀

Newcastle were always one injury away from a problem in central defense, ever since Mike Williamson has been out with his ankle injury, but as usually happens via Murphy’s Law – we lost not one but two center-backs on Saturday.

Just a little recap on Murphy’s Law:

 “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

We would add eventually to that statement in Newcastle’s case this season, because we’ve been lucky since Mike was injured last August.

Just think what it would have been like if Steven was injured and out for the season in early September.

The defeat against Chelsea wasn’t too bad. especially as Newcastle played well, especially in the second half, but it’s the injuries that have uncovered the paper-thin squad at Newcastle.

We just hope that doesn’t cost us too many points,  before we can get reinforcements in during early January.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    why would jonas nt be back he was suspended for only 1 game

  • martoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again if I was playing against us I would target Raylor – you don’t have to be a tactical genius to work that out. As we are so thin defensively we will probably stick with Raylor at LB and hofefully Jonas will give him cover.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Indian Magpie, I think Ed means it like this. “Let’s Hope Both Gutierrez And Tiote Are Back On Saturday” (not just Gutierrez).

  • Klatoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Im imagining this in training,AP – “ok lads,who’s played CB before?” *no hands* “c’mon guys,even at school,the park,the beach,playstation…” 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m sure I heard Tiote wouldn’t be fit for Norwich game,so clutching at straws there,and while on Tiote as much as we’ve all warmed to Pards I dont think he handled the transfer rumours about him very well,I know he’s covering his own arse after the Carroll saga but from all the talk at the match on saturday it seems to have brought in a feeling of gloom knowing that it’s quite likely one of our favourite players could be leaving,for me it sounded like Pards was issuing a come and get him

  • Toon_Tom

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    If Tiote is indeed fit for Norwich, i would play him at CB with Perchinio!!!

    Keep Guthrie and Cabaye in the middle.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    We have no left wing because Jonas has to give Raylor cover all the time. It’s horrible 🙁

  • Toon_Tom

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    North Atlantic – I dont mind Jonas trackiing back to help out, but have to agree that he should be attack-minded as opposed to constantly helping out at LB.

    With this in mind, i would definitely give Santon his chance now. Raylor has played excellent so far but the past few weeks seems to lack confidence which is making his performances slip.

    Santon to start, Raylor to take a seat on the bench, Jonas LW, and Tiote (if fit) CB with Perch

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Sturridge isn’t even a natural right winger but tore raylor a new one and so what if Raylor is marginally better when guti is there, as you say, it takes away guti’s attacking threat. it’s not rocket science. could a 5M Italian international really do that much worse? pardew is getting too loyal and not ruthless enough to address very very obvious failings.

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Martoon @ 2 said …. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again if I was playing against us I would target Raylor”.

    With respect I don’t think that would cause Raylor any sleepless nights. 🙂
    Ryan Taylor is an intelligent footballer with a lot of composure and skill. He is sometimes caught out by pace but he is not alone there. I would like to see a better defender at LB but until Pardew sees someone who he truly believes can do a better job then I believe we have to support the lad. I think he is a far better player than a lot give him credit for.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    According to stats, the opponents attack 70% all the time on Raylor side, 20% through the middle and 10% from Simpson side.

    Why played 2 player (Raylor and Jonas) to do a one man job?

  • magpiebop

    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Santon hasn’t been played because he’s too easy to knock off the ball and tends to go down for a free kick too easily. Things he could get away wii in Italy but not the Premier League. The coaching staff are working on his strength and a start shouldn’t be too far away!

  • martoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Ballerfan2 – how do you know I am not a very tricky right winger 🙂 Obviously I meant if I was an opposition manager or coach I would target Raylor. Incidentally does anybody know why Kadar is so out of favour – has he had a fallout with AP or what?


    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Another words Santon is a soft shite?
    Ah I wonder what happens for xmas for newcastle….

  • shearermania

    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #15

    we will have to go all out attack against norwich….would like to see hba on the right wing as we will have to play 442 our balance isnt right when we refer to the 4411 as benny never makes any runs beyond ba and our wingers are not far enough up the field when in possesion and yes obertan was a disgrace on saturday but he will come good…i hope

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    AMEOBI, Normally they have an alcohol free Christmas party.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone watch Fulham v Liverpool last night?

    Ray Wilkins – “Suarez is clearly a player who just absolutely loves the physicality of the Premier League”

    ………. 😐


    Dec 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    GeordieGerman, I laughed I mean for transfers!!

  • planb

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Surely Norwich and swansea will be six pointers for us then we are nearly into the january transfer market and hopefully Pardew will be giving a decent transfer kitty to help us push on for a top seven finish.

  • Klatoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    AMEOBI,they have an alcohol free xmas party which also doubles as a farewell to those players being sold in the Jan window

  • Dannyo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Thats odd, thats completely opposite from what Beardsley said in his two interviews. He said Santon never lost the ball and was very confident going forward.
    Go check the official site, its all there.

  • AussieToon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    There is a cheap option for us, in the region, and can play all across the back four and in the midfield. Is an International player and oozes class and poise.

    Rhys Williams from Boro.

    The kid is a star and we should get in before others do.

  • planb

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Aussietoon i totally agree with you about williams hes pure class the boro are playing him out of his natural position which is centrehalf at the moment but hes one we should be looking at.

  • AussieToon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Class player he is. Wouldn’t cost the world and wouldn’t be on massive wages.

    Play him CB, LB, RB, RM, CM and he will do a great job. Good on the ball, and up for it physically.

  • IPToon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Looks like Raylor will have to keep playing at full back. He has done the best he can and to be honest he is being asked to play in a position which exposes his main weakness which is that he is sooo slow! Pardew keeps playing him there so im not going to say a bad word about Raylor for it, Pardew just needs to replace him asap.

  • Malaytoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    im not confident with perch become our CB. look at his performance against chelsea it was horrible! is williams stilll injured or what? wish he can take that position because he is a good CB. remember when chris hughton always use him for CB, he performance well! i don’t know well about santon but we already bought the guy and why not try him on for CB…just not confident perch to become our CB..

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27


    no one’s argiung that raylor isn’t a decent footballer, but patently he’s not a left back.

  • Sav

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    The only way Santon will get up to speed is by playing. This crisis was eminently avoidable had the owner re-invested sufficiently his 35 million in the squad last summer.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #29


    we have a 5M defender who can’t get a game, it’s not down to lack of investment, more pardew’s pig headedness.

  • solano

    Dec 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #30

    A classic Rotonda….pigheadedness! It’s down to this trait of Pardew’s, that we have enjoyed such a great start.
    £5m Santon was supposed to replace Enrique – I don’t why he isn’t playing but his arrival is hardly what you would call “real investment”. Our centrehalf injury crisis is directly down to the gambling on a shoestring budget policy, implemented by Delboy and dreamed up by Fat Mike.
    Sav’s point is spot on!


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