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Jonas Gutierrez To Play Right Back For Argentina?

Well, would you believe it but it seems like Argentine manager Diego Maradona will play Newcastle left-winger Jonas Gutierrez at right back, at least through the group stages of the World Cup.

Jonas Gutierrez – to play right back for Argentina

The trouble Maradona seems to be having with his team formation, is that he’s got a multitude of good attacking players, but it’s in defense he may be having problems.

But the manager left so many good experienced European-based defenders out of his 23 man squad that may not be too surprising.  One of those of course was the experienced and talented Newcastle center-back Fabricio Coloccini.

The starting defense seems fairly straight forward, with Sergio Romero (Alkmaar Zaanstreek) the number one goalkeeper, Gabriel Heinze (Marseilles), Walter Samuel (Inter-Milan), and Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich) all looking to be assured of starting places at the back.

But Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez now looks a likely choice to fill in at the right back  position – at least through the more open group stages of the tournament.

You cannot switch more than from the left wing to left back – attacking wide on the left to defending wide on the right seems a different player, although full-backs and wingers these days are very similar.

But if  Jonas does play right back, and the Newcastle player has already said he’ll play anywhere for Argentina, we think Maradona will come in for some criticism for not using regular defenders in his World Cup team.

Jonas of course has just finished a terrific season for Newcastle United on the left wing, and his attacking prowess will be wasted at right back.

But as we said earlier, Argentina are not in short supply of attacking and creative players moving forward.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 29, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    “but it’s in defense he may be having problems.”

    Should have chosen some of the older, more experienced players, then.

  • listie

    May 29, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Maradonna’s been on the white powder again methinks!

  • Craigg

    May 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    He played there last week and i think him and Di Maria were playing more like wing backs, With Heinze dropping into a back three.

    I think his defensive duties hampered him, He looked worried to take anyone on, He kept playing the simple ball and looked a pale shadow of the player weve seen this year.

    –Jonas——Maxi—Mascherano——Di Maria—

    I think that will be the side they line up with.

  • Purely Belter

    May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    hahaha listie i agree.

    maradona hasnt got a clue what hes doing

    the players got argentina to the world cup on skill alone

  • andrewc

    May 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    What about Mascherano at Right Back? He played there for Liverpool a few times this season.

  • inbedwithmaradona.com

    May 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Hi Ed et al

    Great site and a great blog.

    As a geordie following Argentina for a long while now, it’s pretty unlikely Jonas will operate as an out an out right back………………although he could play right sided wing back ahead of a back three with Mascherano screening.

    Angel di Maria tends to play on the left with Messi operating behind Higuain/Milito, with Tevez and Aguero tending to be more cameo. Word up.

    Don’t want to get accused of spamming, but if you fancy following Jonas from a geordie point of view please feel free to visit my site http://www.inbedwithmaradona.com

    Geordies especially welcome!

    Continued success Ed

    El Jethro

  • G

    May 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Whilst DM may indeed have been snorting the dusty showbiz, JG playing at RB isn’t that unusual. Apparently he played there quite often under the previous regime. Still, anybody remember Nobby Solano, the trumpet playing right winger? Was usually deployed by the Peru boss as a left full back… bizzare?


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