Colocinni: Jonas Gutierrez was the reason Newcastle stayed in the Premier League

Jonas scored in Newcastle’s final game of the season, confirming their Premier League status.

Speaking to the official Newcastle website, club captain Fabricio Coloccini has claimed that the Magpies stayed in the Premier League due to Jonas playing the final game of the season.

Coloccini said: “I am very proud of him for that moment. In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons we stayed in the Premier League this season was because Jonas was on the pitch in the final game.

“Scoring in front of the Gallowgate End in his last game for the Club was perfect.”

Whilst that may be an overstatement, with a host of players impressing in the 2-0 victory over West Ham, his impact should still be praised.

He recovered from cancer to feature at the end of the season, and whilst he struggled to match his previous performance levels, to score his final goal as the club’s final goal of the season was a fitting end to his career on Tyneside.

The 31-year-old featured 12 times this season, with that final-day goal his only strike of the season, whilst his assist for Moussa Sissoko got the ball rolling in that game.

His performance against the Hammers was one of great quality, and he deserves the praise he has been receiving for his impact in keeping the Magpies in the Premier League.

The former Argentine international may have been released by the club now, with his contract expiring this summer and the belief he cannot offer that much in top flight football, but his impact on Newcastle’s future will not long be forgotten at St James’ Park

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