We’ve been very impressed with Jonas Gutierrez this year for a number of reasons – not least of which has been his brave fight against testicular cancer – but also for his play in the Newcastle first team – and he gave another 100% all-out performance yesterday – this time at left back.
Jonas has also provided some much needed team spirit in the squad too, and we know he’s always been a popular figure in the dressing room, and is just excellent for team spirit.
Jonas in action yesterday against West Brom
And after the game yesterday Jonas on his (famous) Twitter account sent out this very heart warming message to Newcastle fans:
“Thanks for the support during all the season and specially today Newcastle fans, proud to wear the black and white shirt. We still fighting.”
Jonas comes to the end of his contract at the end of June, and we think it’s almost certain he will leave the club and seek pastures anew.
But we’d like to see Newcastle give him a two year deal and keep him on Tyneside.
Jonas is experienced and also now a versatile player, and the new deal would be based on his play this year.
Jonas not only gives 100% but he’s a very decent player who can help Newcastle in the rebuilding that will need to happen over the next couple of years.
We think Jonas deserves this both for this play, his leadership, his versatility and his positive impact on other players.
If Newcastle were enterprising with foresight and initiative, this would be a good move to make for the club.
So we assume that will not happen.
Ryan Taylor in action against Spurs
And it’s not based on sentiment, because by the same token we expect Ryan Taylor to leave this summer when his contract runs out in June.
Ryan hasn’t done enough on the field to justify an extension – although we will still remember his great courage and determination and strength of character in coming back from two serious ACL injuries in a row over more than two years.
And the 30 year-old has fought his way back into the starting line-up – and that’s some achievement for the Liverpudlian.
Ryan Taylor will always be remembered at Newcastle for his great courage – as will Jonas – whatever happens to them this summer.
For the record at Newcastle, Jonas has played 203 times with 11 goals and 26 assists, and Ryan has played 105 games with 10 goals and 17 assists.
It’s Mother’s Day over here today in the US – time to go out and celebrate with the family.