Gutierrez Has Run Eight Marathons For Newcastle This Season


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.”

“Sometimes, if you give them something different to look at, it re-energises them.”  “I think he is re-energized, and when he goes back to his position, he’ll be looking for it.”Click here to find out more!

“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.

Comments welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    4-3? That’s some gamble of a formation. Bit over confident maybe?

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  • dannyboy

    May 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost: as i hate liverpool so much

    i think every other teams supporters in the EPL hate liverpool,theres something hateful about them. D**K Daglish does them no favours, from day 1 he has never learnt how to control the english media(which can make a big difference in all aspects) but thats completely opposite compared to Padrews wonderland. signing henderson and downing was a absoulute joke, 2 average players at best. I hate to say it but i think carrol will come good,very good at that. hes a unplayable beast on his day who creates a ridiculous amount of oppurtunities for other teammates,and jose has already proven his worth even tho hes droped his standard recently. its so funny how there going to try copy are system , itl never work for them. they were even sniffing around captain colo. i hate pool even b4 they tried to steal are whole team. there a biggest rivals now i think

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    One of my favourite players, often criticised here. Although he did seem knackered in the last game!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus…He’s one of my favorites too. Always works so hard for the team.

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Is it wrong of me to say he looks better in CM than at LW?

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Is it wrong of me to say I think his hair is lovely?

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Top class player works so hard for the club and that mentality spreads through the team plus he seems to hate Wolves which isnt a bad thing haha

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Is it wrong of me to say I want to jump naked into an ice bath with him?

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  • ballerfan2

    May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Although there are some who suggest he could be replaced fairly easily, I think he is one of those players who doesn’t necessarily catch the eye but if you were to leave him out he would be a huge miss because of the amount of work he gets through – and he is practically indestructible.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Beattie…No and No. Btw….watched some man vs food and boy was I hungry 🙂

    WWJBD….shame he wont be able to vent that hatred on them next season

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Beattie
    I agree with ur first point he seems to suit a holding CM role though am not a huge fan of his hair

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Is it wrong of me to say I want to ask him if he is a marathon man in the bedroom?

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  • ballerfan2

    May 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Beattie – yes, it is so wrong – on so many counts!!!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    ballerfan2….for me, Guti is one of the 1st names of the team sheet. He can be frustrating on the LW, but in the CM role he’s perfect. Solid, runs back to defend, supports the attacks. So hardworking and would be a real miss if left out imo

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza
    Dont speak so soon my friend we could get them in the cups and that will put a smile of Jonas’s face

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    There is a lesson to be learnt here. Don’t have a champagne breakfast.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    ahh Beattie…lol.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    WWJBD…ah yes, the cups!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    “I had Champagne on my golden grahams and i’m smaaaashed”

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    If you could be 1 nufc player for the day who would it be and why?

    I’d be Leon Best because he must bang about like a bison in a field full of cows.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Beattie…I’d have to take a look at each players missus first to answer that question….I imagine the “why” is pretty self explanatory

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Shola because I love hats, segways, tractors and eating apples while riding bikes

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  • bambams

    May 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Cant believe the season is almost at an end……..

    I suppose the constant rumours of who we are going to sign will keep me going until the start of next season.

    If (imo) we strengthen one full back position (options if Santoon moves to RB bring in a LB), we do need a commanding 6’4″ centre half who is better than Williamson (not knocking him he has been a cracking signing for 1 million) , a non ACON striker who has to be very fast (will prob play alongside Shols when the Dembas are away ACON) and we need cover for GK as Forster will be moving to Celtic.

    WHO these possible replacements will be is anyones guess given the secrecy of Newcastle UNITED.

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  • chrisbx1

    May 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #24

    i could have sworn jonas played right full back in south africa and he was rubbish

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #25

    WWJBD…sounding a bit like a personal ad there 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza
    Haha it does a bit would have to go in the ‘Men seeking Shola’ section though

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Men seeking Shola? Say Hi to Indian from me then

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Shola could make a good CB now that he has slowed down 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Ma and Indian Mag creating the Men seeking Shola fan club it’ll be a huge success!

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    And his 3 goals a season would look good for a CB 🙂

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  • Nick 69

    May 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Hes a good player, however I think he is played too much, a rest now and again would do him the world of good. I remember alst season him being off the boil then had a couple games on the bench nd came back a completely different player. Pardew doesnt even seem to sub him off ever and I think he sometimes looks tired

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    With all the running he does, it’s no surprise he get’s tired. Rotation will be needed next year, to keep everyone fresh. Hopefully with the right additions that will be possible.

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  • markmac

    May 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #33

    good lad jonas, 100% every game even if he’s not always our best player,

    also from an earlier thread regards amalfitano, anyone seen this? see 1min 22 seconds, shows excellent skill and vision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E57xyXD4qsQ

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  • duncandisorderly

    May 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Reading between the lines, Jonas must be off in the summer. Outrageous!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Nicole kidman and catherine Zeta jones are obvious beauties, but, there is something about PAZ VEGA

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  • lobacka

    May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Jonas would be nothing without his hair.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Marmac…nice video..lovely touch @1.22

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  • nobby sol

    May 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #38

    the best of the free agents?

    Junior hoillet—-winger——21
    Hugo rodalega–forward—–26
    Mohammed diame-CM—–24
    Royston drenthe—-winger–25
    Tranquilo Barnetta-winger—26
    Ederson————–CM——-26
    Andrea Poli———CM——-22
    Ritchie delaet——DEF——-23
    Davide Astori—–DEF——25
    Douglas————DEF——-24

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #39

    people saying Newcastle will loose at everton because its a tough game, as if we have it easy till now and we are 5th

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  • Minato

    May 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Good to see so many coming out to acknowledge just how vital he is. As i mentioned a few months ago, Jonas for me was one of the first to embody the kind of work ethic that has been gradually changing since our championship tenure. Hard graft and attacking and defending as a unit.

    Admittedly his duties have become more defensive but I think most will agree that we look a far more stable and dangerous unit with Jonas and Tiote sitting in front of the defense.

    For me he is Mr. Consistent. Rarely misplaces a pass, very difficult to beat and has the kind of understanding of positional play that is crucial to the way we attack and defend. I have seen pretty much every game this season and its pretty common to occasionally not see much of a player (sometimes not at all) during the course of game. This can never be said of Jonas…the man seems to be everywhere.

    For me the most underrated player we have by a country mile. Hope he see’s out the rest of his career with us.

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