Newcastle United manager John Carver has told the Sunderland Echo that Jonas Gutierrez didn’t hesitate when he asked him if he felt he could fill in for Ryan Taylor last night.
Gutierrez made his comeback to the side last night after a battle against testicular cancer and will be an important figure over the rest of the season.
“I was a bit concerned because obviously he (Taylor) hasn’t played at this level for a while,” said Carver.
“I asked Jonas if he could go in there, because I know he has played left-back on a number of occasions, and he said ‘absolutely’.”
Gutierrez is one of the most experienced players that Newcastle currently have available and if he can play effectively out of position in defence, he’s doing Carver a huge favour.
Newcastle’s problems in terms of injuries across their backline have left the manager under pressure in terms of finding different solutions and ideas, which allow him to freshen things up across the defence.
Gutierrez’s ability to play in a defensive role as further forward in midfield, suggests that he will get more opportunities in the side over the rest of the season.
His game time last night would have done his confidence some good as well as enabling him to sharpen up in terms of his match fitness.
He seems to be bustling with ambition and passion at the moment and is setting an example to others by putting his hand up to be counted, when the manager asks him to do something difficult.