Jonas Gutierrez may not offer much on the pitch, but he is vital throwback to a different Newcastle side.
Gutierrez’s contract expires at the end of this season, and it is likely that he will depart St James’ Park, after a public bust-up with temporary head coach John Carver.
Having fully recovered from cancer, the Argentine winger - a holder of 200 Newcastle appearances - has started to reappear for the Magpies on a consistent basis, and he has five games under his belt this term.
The 31-year-old may not be able to offer loads on the field of play nowadays, with age and injury catching up with him, but the winger should not be allowed to leave the club, and Newcastle chiefs should be doing all they can to sign him to a new deal.
This new deal is not because he offers on the pitch, although in the last few games he has been one of the only Newcastle players to come out with any respect, but because of his clear love for the club and a desire to always help them.
Gutierrez is a throwback to a time when the situation at St James’ Park was much more promising, and he still appears to possess that positivity to his attitude now - even having been publicly derided by John Carver. He is not there to upset the applecart, as some players are clearly keen on doing by forcing moves away, but he is a player whose obvious admiration of the Magpies brings other players together.
He is one of the few remaining bright lights at St James’ Park, and a remembrance of the time when Newcastle were still a Premier League force to be reckoned with, and his attitude and emotion should make him the first player Newcastle look to sign up this summer.