Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the game tomorrow at Upton Park, and it’s hardly surprising that he was asked about Jonas Gutierrez recent comments that he was frozen out at Newcastle, and that the Argentine is not sure what he did wrong at Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez - praying at Newcastle
Alan addressed the situation by saying that Jonas wanted to play first team football, and since he will get that at Norwich under his former manager Chris Hughton, he still could have some chance, a small chance – to make the Argentine squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
This is what Alan said:
“He’s not left – he’s on loan,” “He wasn’t playing first-team football, and he wanted to play.” “I wish him well at Norwich. Chris Hughton knows him very well.”
“He’s been a great player for us, but he wasn’t playing. The World Cup isn’t far away. There’s an opportunity for him to play at Norwich.”
It’s likely the press will try to make a big thing out of this, but in truth it’s simply what happens in football, where for one reason or another a former regular stopped getting games at the club.
In those cases it’s nearly always best that he be shipped out where he can play, especially when that’s what the player wants – and Jonas wasn’t happy to get his wages by simply sitting on the bench at Newcastle, that’s when he made the bench, which wasn’t very often recently.
But we also don’t expect Jonas to return to Newcastle in the summer, and either Norwich will pick him up or some other club will sign him in the summer.
What do you think?
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