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Gut feeling is a good one for Toon star Jonas

By Lee Ryder on Oct 2, 11 05:47 PM

In a nutshell, Jonas Gutierrez often gets slaughtered for his lack of final product.

In the interests of balance, this is a small bitesize article praising him for his outstanding first half display at Wolverhampton Wanderers and what has been a great start to the season for the ex-Real Mallorca star.

After helping set up the first goal by winning the corner which Yohan Cabaye swirled in for Demba Ba to head home the opener, Jonas then set off on a mazy run which left Wolves stunned and Wayne Hennessey with no chance of stopping his sizzling left-footed effort.

This was Jonas' eighth goal for Newcastle with the winger not renowned for scoring goals.

More to the point it was a demonstration of how hard Jonas can hurt opponents when he wants to and why he should be getting more of the ball in order to do exactly that.

I always remember asking Jonas at White Hart Lane after a 2-0 defeat against Spurs, why he didn't cross the ball more often, his reply was: "You can't cross the ball if you don't get it very often."

Of course, in his defence, he had a point - it's easy to lay into a player for what he doesn't do and if he isn't even getting the ball sometimes it must be a lonely world for a player who is getting his fair share of stick when it isn't always his fault.

Overall, Jonas is certainly one of the most hard working players Newcastle have had in recent years.

He's an honest pro who always finds time to explain his own performances to the media, whether they are good and bad, and manages to do so in a polite respectful manner.

I thought that the exit of Jose Enrique might be the start of the demise of Jonas.

Instead it has been the opposite scenario.

If he needed to underline what a hard working professional he is, is attitude this term has been excellent.

At the start of the season when Enrique left, he put his hand up and said he would play there if needed.

Of course, Ryan Taylor has stepped up to the plate instead but Jonas' covering skills have resulted in him acting as a solid shield for a player who - by his own admission - is not a natural left-back.

Both players have rolled their sleeves up and got on with the job.

Jonas has also earned himself a new contract and won his place back in the Argentina squad.

It has to be a case of keep up the good work, but a few more goals like at Wolves certainly won't do him any harm, especially if he wants to continue blocking the path of Sylvain Marveaux.

3 Comments

RAFMAG said:

Lee, good call on Jonas. I still have a few long term concerns but a top 10 finish again this season would not be a bad position. I dont think we are ready for Europe yet, think the Squad is still young in development and could should be get in to europe next season damage the team in the long run, think we need to concentrate on the prem and home cups for now to let the Squad develope rather than burning them out while they find their feet .. If we are going to build the likes of Jonas playing as well as he is will be a boost to the surrounding young players but as I have previous said, lets not get carried away as we have done in the past, we have been told it is a long term plan so lets treat it as such. A home Cup acheivement would be fantastic but lets not look anyfurther than that at the moment. The Bubble will burst eventually so we need to stay grounded. Keep up the good work lads HWTL

Johnny said:

RAFMAG - you donlt want us to push for Europe? OK i see your point.

You'd like us to win a cup? Doesn't that then put us in Europe?

I think what youre saying is that you'd be happier if we won nothing and finished 7th or below..?

Bizarre!

cyprus said:

Lionel Messi quotes. I rest my case (unless you know better football than him):

“I know you guys have Rooney, ­Fabregas, Torres and many more stars – but ­Jonas is as good as any of them.
He told me during the World Cup that, as long as Newcastle stay in the top-flight, he would like to ­finish his career there.”

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