I’ve always been a fan of Jonas Gutierrez, but during the last two Premier League games he has shown just why he is such a vital part of Alan Pardew’s team.
With the departure of Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor has taken over the role at left-back although it’s only supposed to be a temporary arrangement pending the arrival of a new left-back.
During those two games our very own Argentinian Spiderman has shown why he is a very valuable asset to the team. Jonas has been tracking the runs of the opposition players when they have been attacking so that he has been able to provide a lot of support to Ryan Taylor which has helped out the Scouser in what is an unfamiliar role to him.
This has been vital in the team not conceding so far in the Premier League. The main thing with Jonas helping out the Liverpool born defender is that it relieves some of the pressure that may have been lumbered on him had Jonas not been helping him out at all or had another player with less work ethic been tasked with tracking back and helping out.
Without Spiderman on that left flank, Ryan Taylor would be left very exposed. Jonas has always shown that he is a hard worker for the team and although his crosses can be hit and miss, his work rate has always been phenomenal for the team. He has always put effort in and I always see him giving 100% for the team. These last two games have shown that without Jonas coming back and helping Taylor out in the left-back area then it would have been a position that would have been very vulnerable to attacks.
Although Gutierrez has been helping out our defence it has meant that we have seen less of him attacking in the games. However this was more evident in our recent game against the Mackems as he was able to demonstrate his trickery when he won the freekick that went up over the wall and in the back of the net.
When he does attack he shows us why he is a very good player for us and he uses his skills to get behind the opposition whilst his pace gives the opposition some headaches too. I noticed it a lot when we played Sunderland as when he was on the ball and attacking their defenders didn’t know how to deal with him.
I would like to see him attack a lot more but only if the left-back position is sorted out in the coming days. It seems very clear that Erik Pieters is on his way to the Toon as there has been comments from his representatives and the player himself that he expects to be at the club before the window slams shut on Wednesday.
I feel confident that Pieters will arrive before the window closes and that will allow Jonas to advance further up the field and attack the opposition. Perhaps having a more defensive minded left-back will allow Jonas to flourish?
Jonas is a very key player for the team and he has shown that over the last couple of games, and I’m sure he will continue to demonstrate his value to the team throughout this season.
What do you make of him though?