Jonas Gutierrez, the former Real Mallorca star and Argentine International, has been playing a different role for Newcastle recently.
Jonas in action against Aston Villa
When Alan Pardew switched to a 4-3- formation, Jonas played on the left side of the middle three, and he was more in Newcastle’s engine room, alongside Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
But with Newcastle now switching back to 4-4-2, where we have both Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front, Jonas will revert to his usual role out on the left wing.
But the Newcastle manager believes the switch was a good thing for the Argentine, and he had this to say to the local press today about the 22 times capped Argentine International:
“Sometimes I think you need to re-energise players.” “He’s been running up and down that line on the left-hand side for the last two years.”
“I think that’s important for players like Jonas.” “He’s just got that natural ability.” “I just remembered seeing him at the World Cup at left-back.” “He did a good job.”
“Goodness knows how long ago that was – it was a few years ago.” “He has a diligence and experience, and with all due respect, you could probably put him at center-half and he’d give you a competent game.”
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Jonas has ran more miles this season than any other Newcastle player, and he has covered 214.3 miles this season on the pitch, and that’s a little more than 8 marathons.
Given Jonas has played 39 times with 3 goals for Newcastle this season, that’s an average of around 5.5 miles per game, and he’s moving on average at 3.7 miles/hr over the full 90 minutes – that’s a fast walking pace.
We always knew that Jonas was a hard worker, but that’s ridiculous, and of course Alan Pardew keeps stats on the players so he can gauge their contributions to the side.
We think that’s what alerted Alan to the lack of work that Ben Arfa was initially putting in, but he’s worked a charm with the French International, who now works his socks off for Newcastle.
We have to hope that all the Newcastle players work their socks off on Sunday at Everton, and we can pick up all3 points, and then we’ll see where we finish in the league table at 5:00pm on Sunday afternoon.
That’s anywhere from 5th top to 3rd top, when Newcastle finish their amazing season at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
What a great season it’s been.