Jonas Gutierrez backing a Norwich City revival but remains in the dark over his Newcastle United exit
06:10 17 January 2014
Jonas Gutierrez won’t put it down to his arrival – but the on-loan winger hopes he can be part of the spark to reignite Norwich City’s season when Hull visit Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).
The 30-year-old winger arrived from Newcastle United for the rest of the season on Monday and having had to sit out the Canaries’ demoralising FA Cup exit at Fulham, he cannot wait to get his career back on track after surprisingly sparse involvement at St James’ Park this season – just 63 minutes of first-team action.
“I want to be involved, to help the team and I feel the same they are feeling – it’s hard to go into games without a win,” said the Argentinian. “But for Norwich, there are teams behind us in the league and they have more pressure on them than us. And we have to think about that because if we don’t win on Saturday, we can’t think we are finished. It depends on us and we have to do it as soon as possible.
“I like the city…and it’s a squad that knows what they are about. They know the battle they are in, to stay in the Premier League. The squad has the quality, now we need a few results to get the confidence back. One of the best things in football is to get results soon to have that confidence again.”
Gutierrez admitted where his future lies beyond this season is not on his mind for now – although he is none the wiser about his fall from favour with Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
“Maybe that’s a question for him,” Gutierrez added. “In December he told me I wasn’t going to play and I had to find a new club. I thought it was like not being in the starting XI and that can happen…but then with the FA Cup I thought I might have a chance to be back in and I had to watch from the stands.
“After that I thought it was not a football problem. I don’t know the reason…but it’s done. Now I’m thinking about Norwich.”