Newcastle’s Argentinian winger Jonas Gutierrez has spoke of his delight at the new additions to the football club, and outlined what he believes the players must do to improve in the final part of the season.
Jonas himself has come under increasing criticism this season for his performances, and fans have been less than impressed. Manager Alan Pardew has, however, kept faith with the 29 year old and he’s made 22 starts in the Premier League this season.
This makes him the third most used outfield player in the squad, only narrowly behind Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse. It’s interesting to take this into account with his recent comments suggesting that the new arrivals had lifted the pressure on the players. Gutierrez might find his place under threat, but that doesn’t seem to bother him just yet.
“It’s really good to have a bigger squad, because that was a problem earlier in the season. It’s been hard for us because we had a lot of injuries but not a lot of players.
The players who had to play were maybe from the reserves and are young players. They are very talented but it is not fair on them to just be in there as Premier League regulars just yet when they are so young. They should be doing that in a few years. Now we have good players and are picking up good results again and that has given everybody a lift.”
Jonas Gutierrez speaking to Newcastle’s official website.
It’s good to see the impact off the field that Newcastle’s transfer splurge has had. It’s not only improved the quality of the players and added another dimension, but it’s clearly given the squad a mental lift, and that could be key as the club head into the home straight of the season.
Still fighting on two fronts, in the Europa League and battling for as many points as possible in the Premier League, this will stand them in a great position. As for Jonas himself, it could well be a very important last few months of the campaign.
His recent goal against Chelsea stands alone in a season in which he’s largely underperformed, and if this continues he could find himself well and truly on the fringes come the start of next season.
It’s a damning stat to realize that he has not set up a single goal all season, in all competitions this season, a pitiful haul for a man playing as a wide midfielder. The header against Chelsea is his only goal too, stats which make dire reading. It’s time for him to define his Newcastle career between now and the end of the season, and it’ll be interesting to see which way it goes.
What are your views on Gutierrez’s comments and form this season? Do you see a long term future for him at the club in light of the recent arrivals?
By Harry Aitkenhead
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