I try to be as upbeat as possible, but I have to say this. I know this is going to be a widely unpopular view, but I’d like it if you gave me a chance. I’m not saying he should be sold, but should he be a certain starter?
I was fine with him having a place in the team when he was covering Ryan Taylor, because he helped him defensively, and his lack of attacking product was blamed on that, but he has no excuse now. We were on the front foot most of the game, and he never looked like beating his man.
This isn’t just a knee jerk reaction either, he’s not been prolific going forward all season. Yes he relieves pressure from the team, and wins free kicks but that’s not good enough to guarantee you a spot in the team.
His stats over the whole season are grim, to be totally honest. He’s got 2 assists and 1 goal in 16 starts, is that something that warrants praise? I wouldn’t say so. He doesn’t have a great deal of pace, so if he does get to the by-line he most often hits the first man.
At least he had 3 shots today none of them were on target as usual. But he’ll score a wonder goal one day soon, don’t worry. He also put in 8 crosses today, 5 of them did not find the right man and I can’t remember the other three creating a chance for one of our players.
In the full 90 minutes he made 1 tackle, yes 1, so he cannot be praised for his great defensive help this game either. He didn’t track back today which left them streaming through down that side, I don’t know whether he was knackered or just didn’t fancy it, either way, he needed to do something about it.
To put it into perspective, ex Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge has got 3 assists this season, in less game time than Jonas, and he couldn’t cross, at all.
He usually tracks back and offers some defensive cover, but today he was strolling. It was almost as if he didn’t care, which really maddens me. I can take someone playing poorly, but I cannot take it when people do not try, and that’s what it looked like.
If he is knackered then he has to say, and he has to be given a rest. He’s sometimes effective, but it doesn’t come often enough in my opinion.
I think it’s about time that we get Hatem Ben Arfa working hard for the cause, and play him on the left wing. Pardew says he won’t, but he’s played their the majority of his career, and Davide Santon is a good enough full back to deal with less help than Ryan Taylor. Before people dismiss this as an idiotic statement, Ben Arfa isn’t getting the chance at 10, and we need him in the team, left wing could be his spot.
Gutierrez has played 1415 minutes this season, compared to Hatem Ben Arfa’s 328. Both players have two assists, and Jonas has had 4 times as much time on the pitch as him. I think it’s a no brainer to try Hatem out on left wing, if it doesn’t work, fair enough, but if it does we could have a great player in our team, where we need him.
Gabriel Obertan, in less game time (1216 mins), has the same amount of assists as Gutierrez (1415 mins), and he’s the worst footballer to have ever laid foot on this earth if you listen to most NUFC fans.
He was once again made a scapegoat for the West Brom defeat, when he was the best outlet in the first half and he won the free kick for Ba’s goal. Much the same as Swansea, when in the first half, he was our best player.
Would you keep Jonas in the team?
Thanks to NUFC stats for the West Brom game stats