Newcastle missed the spark of Jonas Gutierrez last Saturday against Chelsea.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action for Argentina
And it wasn’t only his direct running at the defense that was missed, but the way he works his socks off and helps out Ryan Taylor at the back was missed too.
And it wasn’t a coincidence that Ryan got the runaround from Daniel Sturridge in the first half last Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle have just come off a tough three game run of games, in which they have played the two Manchester clubs on the road and Chelsea at home and got just a single point our of the nine available.
But Jonas still thinks it will be a very difficult game against newcomers Norwich City tomorrow afternoon.
That’s especially true because Newcastle will definitively be without Steven Taylor, who is now out for the season.
And the Magpies will possibly also be without Jonas’ Argentine colleague Fabricio Coloccini tomorrow, without really any suitable replacements ready to come in – well at least not recognized center-backs available – apart from Hungarian Tamas Kadar.
In fact Jonas thinks tomorrow could be Newcastle’s toughest game of the season, because of the injuries we have picked up to Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Mike Williamson and possibly Fabricio Coloccini.
This is what the Argentine said:
“With the injuries, it will be very hard against Norwich, because you don’t have replacements who can play in the right position.”
“We don’t know yet who are going to play instead of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini.” “It will be hard on those who come in to play somewhere which is not their right position.”
“The problem we have is that you don’t have more time to prepare for that. Maybe if we did, then it might not be that big a problem.” “Norwich is our toughest game of the season, because of the injuries.”
“There may be players playing on Saturday who have not had too many chances to play this season, like Dan Gosling.” “We know that December and January is really important, because you have a lot of games.”
“The players have to be ready because the season has these type of things happening and even if you’ve not been playing, you have to be ready.” “Maybe a draw at Norwich would be a good result.”
” If you saw the fixtures at the start of the season you always think a draw away is a good result.” “We are being strong at home, so a point is good. Of course, we want to get more.”
“Norwich are having a very good season. As we know when we did it, that it is hard to do well having come up from the Championship.” “We know it is going to be difficult, because they like to go forward and attack.”
“It is important to keep our shape and be compact and then, when an opening happens, we exploit it.” “However, we do need to be careful in the set-plays. As we know, one mistake in the set-plays could cost you.”
“Same when we have a set-play at their end as we need to make them count.”
Indeed the fact that Jonas thinks this is Newcastle’s hardest game of the season, because of the players missing, is tantamount to saying the Newcastle squad is not deep enough, which of course is very true.
Every team goes though spells when players get injured during the season, or players lose their form, and that’s when the squad players have to come in and earn their money and get the job done for Newcastle.
Tomorrow we’ll have at least James Perch, and whoever replaces Danny Guthrie – probably Dan Gosling or Mehdi Abeid – who will need to come in and do a good job tomorrow afternoon, if Newcastle are to get anything out of this game.
And if Colo doesn’t make it then Tamas Kadar or some other player – maybe Davide Santon – will need to come in, but if the captain doesn’t start tomorrow, we think it will be extremely difficult for Newcastle to get anything out of this game.
Indeed when the team is announced before the game out hearts will drop if Colo is missing from the side, such is his presence and the enormous positive impact he has had on the Newcastle side this season.
But there again the lads have surprised us quite a few times this season already.
Here’s hoping they can do that tomorrow too. 😀