Tomorrow’s game at Sunderland will very likely be the last derby game against Sunderland that Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez will ever play in for Newcastle, and both have been at the club a long time – Jonas since the summer of 2008, and Ryan since January of the following year.
Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez – these brave men beat the odds
Ryan will be remembered for that fantastic free kick in August of 2011, which was the goal that beat Sunderland in the game, and the last time we beat Sunderland – and that was at the Stadium of Light too.
But most of all Newcastle fans will remember these players for their great courage and strong character in the face of adversity.
Jonas because of his fight against testicular cancer – a fight which he won when all the odds looked to be against him.
And Ryan Taylor for coming back from two very serious ACL knee injuries – we’ve heard of players coming back from one of those – but not two in succession.
Ryan has shown tremendous fortitude and courage over the last couple of years and we expect him to start again at right back in tomorrow’s game.
John Carver had this to say today:
“I think it would be fantastic to win for those two. Can you imagine Jonas getting the winner in the last minute? All the emotions would take over, I would think, from everybody”
“We’ve all seen how he’s fitted back in. He’s worked extremely hard to get himself in the condition he’s in, so it’s certainly a thing that dreams are made of and it would be a fitting way to end this run.
“I remember the last win was nice. It was a bit of magic from Ryan. He’s reaped the benefits of that. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much since but he’s become a bit of a cult hero, and he’s even got a song named after him, so that’s how important it is.”
We would love both these players to get two year extensions to their contracts in the summer – but it’s not going to happen.
And at a time when we don’t have too much leadership and not a lot of character in the squad, the two of them could help the squad in a lot of other ways than just being experienced players on the pitch.
Sadly, they are unlikely to get new deals – but maybe they can give us a great finale tomorrow – and help win the game for Newcastle.
That would be very fitting.
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