John Carver has talked about possibility of playing Jonas Gutierrez sometime in the final 12 games of the season, but from what he says it doesn’t seem certain that the Argentine International will necessarily play again for Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez – give him a game
This is what John Carver has said about the current situation:
“A little bit of it is in his hands,” “He can play, but you know when you’re ready to go at Premier League level. I am waiting for the right time, and it’s not right at the moment.”
“I can see that on the training ground. He has come back from a serious situation, and I’m not putting any pressure on him.” “I don’t know if he will play for Newcastle again. I’d like to think so. It’s got to be right.”
“He’s got to get in the team, in his position. He has to compete to get on the left hand side, and there is a lot of competition there, more than we’ve had for a long time.”
“Let’s see what happens as we get towards the end of the season.”
That last line suggests Jonas will not be considered for the first team squad of 18 any time soon.
Jonas has said this about his situation and he does mention his contract:
“I’m available. I know there is a situation with my contract and I don’t know if I’m going to get the opportunity to play again.”
“I’m ready and I want to, but I know other things have to happen to be back.” “What I can do is work hard and to be ready if the situation changes.’
Gutierrez has a clause in his contract saying that he gets a new deal if he plays so many games for the club, and with Jonas having played 194 games for Newcastle with 11 goals and 26 assists, maybe 200 games is the magic number.
So maybe Jonas can play five times for the club again, but it’s very possible he will not play again and it seems that John Carver is again being given direction on what to do from those above him in the club – like Lee Charnley.
We don’t expect the club to trigger the new deal by playing him too many times, but we assume he can still play some games without triggering the new contract clause.
That’s what the Newcastle fans want to see and Jonas is a player who remains very popular, especially after his gallant fight against cancer.
What do you think?
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