Football is a very difficult profession to become successful in – even if you are blessed with talent – and like most business where big money is involved – it can be a cut-throat business.
Jonas Gutierrez – lays down the law to youngsters
I know from my career at IBM that there can be significant pressure on you to succeed when you reach the higher levels, and the same things are now apparent in modern day football, and whether that’s a good thing or not is another discussion.
And today Jonas Gutierrez, who has gone through in earlier seasons what the younger players are experiencing right now at Newcastle, has come out and told the Newcastle youngsters this is the season they must come through at the club:
“We have a number of young players who are training really well and playing well in the team – Fergie, Sammy, Bigi, Mehdi and Tavs.” “They know they will have opportunities and have to do it right. If they do, the manager will think he doesn’t need another player, the players I want are already here. They must do it right and prove to the manager they can play.”
“They have to be ready for the opportunities they are going to have this year.” “They must try to do their best. If not, next year will come and they won’t play if another player is brought in. They have to work hard and not let the opportunity go.” “It does make it more difficult to find a rhythm but that is football and there’s nothing we can do.”
“We just have to work hard and educate ourselves to do the right things and have the best fitness so when the manager needs us we’re ready.”
The youngsters who are doing well this season include Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana, with probably James Tavernier next in line, although James has missed out playing in Europe recently.
Mehdi Abeid is surprisingly struggling to make his mark, after a decent first season on Tyneside for the 20 year-old, and of course Haris Vuckic is now out for the season with his ACL knee injury.
22 year-old Dan Gosling is also out until January of February with another knee injury, and we haven’t heard much from our new signing 23 year-old Romain Amalfitano, although we said yesterday he will be given lots of time to settle on Tyneside.
But players like Mehdi Abeid and Dan Gosling, and even James Tavernier will have to step up to the plate this season, and all three have the ability to do just that.
What do you think?
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