30 year-old Jonas Gutierrez is back from injury, and he put in a good shift when he came on as a sub after 71 minutes for Newcastle, and as usual he worked his socks off, and even had a decent chance of scoring when he put his header over the bar, from a good position.
Jonas Gutierrez in action at Cardiff
But Jonas is now one of the experienced players at the club, and we think he will get first team starts when Newcastle are up against tough opposition, because as well as being able to move down the left wing, he also defends well, and let’s face it – defending is not a strong point of Davide Santon’s play.
Of course Remy will start in almost every game for su when he’s available, so maybe the Frenchman will be use either up the middle or on the right hand side if Jonas comes in, although the Argentine could still work on the right wing, or even in central midfield or at lefty back, at a push.
We don’t think Jonas will be an automatic starter this season, but as we saw on Saturday in South Wales that he can still do a decent job as a substitute, and after he came on Newcastle were able to defend on the left hand side a lot better, thanks to the 22 times capped Argentine International.
That was only Jonas’ second appearance this season for Newcastle, after he was injured in the first game – the disaster at Manchester City.
So Jonas could see himself in a new role this season, and he will still get plenty of games to add to his 194 appearances so far for Newcastle with 11 goals.
And the Argentine will only add to the competition for places this season on Tyneside, and that’s also good.
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