It was a perfect end to the season for Newcastle United on Sunday, when we beat West Ham 2-0 and the lads played extremely well – and it was the perfect end to his Newcastle career for Jonas Gutierrez who scored the second goal with 5 minutes to play and was easily our Man of the Match with 64% of the vote.
Jonas was in the Premier League side of the week yesterday, and today he has been named in the the European Team of the Week – and is also the European player of the week with the maximum score possible.
So not only is his performance being recognized, but his gutsy fight-back from testicular cancer is rightfully also being recognized around the football world – and it’s a great human story.
Jonas Gutierrez – deserves all the acclaim
Every match in European Leagues is analyzed by whoscored.com, with over 200 stats taken into consideration to calculate the rating of every player.
Jonas on Sunday got a perfect 10.0 score and was Europe’s top player.
As well as scoring Newcastle’s second goal which was the goal that meant we would win the game and stay in the Premier League – Jonas also put in a perfect left wing cross for Moussa Sissoko to powerfully head home for the first goal after 54 minutes.
And his general play on Sunday was simply excellent in Newcastle’s most important game in six years.
The 31 year-old Argentine International will no doubt get offers from other clubs in the summer when his contract at Newcastle runs out art the end of June.
As well as saving ourselves from relegation by our own efforts, hearing Mike Ashley’s voice for the very first time when he said he wants Newcastle to win something – we also have Jonas Gutierrez making headlines for Newcastle and of course for himself around the world – because of his courage and dedication and his magnificent come-back this year for the Magpies.
And if you haven’t seen Jonas’ interview immediately after the game on nufcTV – it’s a must watch – and you can feel how proud he is to have played for Newcastle United these last seven years – and delighted that Newcastle are now safe.
Here’s another interview on the pitch after the game.
We may have to bring this man back to Newcastle as a coach or in some other capacity in the future.
Jonas Gutierrez is a credit first of all to himself, and then to Newcastle United.
He’s some guy alright.