On a day that Newcastle make another Astute signing of former Ajax man and Netherlands International Vurnon Anita, and having just watched ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ I thought about where this would leave our very own super hero Jonas ‘Spider-Man’ Gutierrez.

Jonas has had his critics over the years as he probably failed to live up to the promise shown in his debut game against then Title holders Manchester United, a game in which he tore apart the Manchester full backs with neat stop start maneuvers and deceptively quick pace. However roll on the years and in my opinion Jonas is one of the most important part Alan Pardews starting 11.

It’s fitting we discuss the Argentinean international as we build up to the 1st game of the season against ‘Spurs as I believe it was in this fixture last season Jonas had his best game. He started the game with his usual high tempo running at the North Londoner’s back four and I remember watching the game on Sky hearing Mr Pardew shouting at him “Brilliant, that’s f@*&king brilliant Jonas – they cant deal with you”. He began the second half as good as the first with a great left footed looping cross which found Ba unmarked to bring us right back into the game 2 minutes into the half. Most notably he made Luka Modric look decidedly average that game to the point that he fouled Jonas for the 3rd time and got a yellow card. Pardew was right, they couldn’t deal with him that day.

We all know his work rate is second to none in black and white, which was also notably mentioned by Alex Mcleish in his post match interview in their 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at SJP. I suspect his open admiration for Spider-Man’s work rate throughout the 93 odd minutes was as much as a jibe at his own lackluster midfield as it was to commend our Duracell Bunny.

But with Anita arriving where does this leave our man? Having wanted to seek assurances of where he would play before signing from Alan Pardew I don’t think Anita will be playing week in week out at LB. Admittedly I only know of Anita what I have read and seen since we were first linked with him but having graduated from the Ajax academy I believe he will be technically gifted, has outstanding fitness levels “Always giving 300%” according to the Ajax Manager (Frank de Boer) and from what I hear is ambidextrous (thank you spell check). That leaves a mouth watering prospect of power (tiote) passing (Cabaye) and pace(New boy Anita) in our 3 man midfield.

I know there can be no room for sentiment in football but I am looking forward to seeing how AP sets up his team this season and whether he will accommodate Jonas and Anita (all players being fit) as well as our ‘heartbeat’ of tiote & Cabaye. Jonas to me is player that AP cannot afford to drop, he’s never inured and still has energy to bomb downfield even after 90 mins (the solo effort against Wolves at SJP 2010/2011 is a great example). And for all the mis placed left footed crosses he’s always an outlet both for the midfield and Santon, has a knack of winning fouls (he was the most fouled player last season) and we all know he can shoot (Wolves again in 2011/2012 – but let’s not forget the cracker he scored against Barnsley in the championship).

The article has probably raised more questions than answers but I do hope to see Jonas whip out the Spider-Man once more at St. James Park, he really is one of the unsung heroes at Newcastle and has won my admiration by sticking with us through the Championship (risking his place in the Argentina International squad) to put right a great wrong. Here’s to Europe and seeing Spider-Man go all Continental in Amsterdam 2013.

By Amit Shabilla

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  1. James

    Frustrates me when people call Jonas crap-he 's our catalyst ,hes played RB for us ,aswell as RM ,CM ,LM hes one of those players that put 110% in wherever hes asked to play

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  2. GFH

    People point to his lack of end product but fail to include the free kicks in dangerous positions that he wins for the side, as well as the way he upsets opposing defenders and creates openings for other players as a result. His defensive contribution is invaluable.

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  3. COOKIETOON

    totaly agree he has been immense for the toon. i would like us to play with anita , cabaye nd tiote in mid, with front 3 of hba, ba and cisse. jnaswill still get leny of game ime to considering the amount of games we will play this year and injuris coming in to play s wll.HWTL.

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  4. Murtagh

    Aye he is a work horse but I feel he should be getting more goals than he does! Oh yeah & I prefer Superman ha ha!

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  5. James

    Lol, for people to even question his worth to the club is ridiculous.

    He gives his heart and soul for the club, has an amazing engine which allows him to bomb up and down the wing, through the middle, help out the defence ( particularly the LB position).

    He has played in many positions for the club which shows how versatile he is and also the managers confidence in the lad.

    Jonas, gives 110% for the club and wears the strip with pride, you can’t ask for much more than that folks.

    HTL on Saturday.

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  6. Gareth M

    A well written, accurate appraisal of probably our biggest grafter. Jonas has been somewhat of a utility man in the past couple of seasons but you know he will work. He often provided great cover for the often exposed R Taylor who IMO has no business at LB.

    It seems Anita prefers the CDM role and I don’t know how he would fit in there with Tiote. I hope Jonas still plays a big part, and i’m sure he will. As they say, this is a good problem to have!

    Be sure to tweet an future articles Mr Singh

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