JONAS Gutierrez has silenced his critics at Newcastle United – thanks to the the club’s French revolution.
That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew after his star turn against Chelsea.
Pardew is now looking for another big performance from Gutierrez – who has struggled for form and confidence this season – against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Gutierrez opened the scoring against Chelsea with his first headed goal for the club, and Pardew feels the 29-year-old was given a “lift” by last month’s signings.
“Jonas answered a few critics – I thought he was fabulous,” Pardew said.
“Everybody gets a lift when you bring new players in, and I think Jonas is an example of that.”
Newcastle, faced with a worsening relegation battle, signed five players last month, and the last of those acquisitions – midfielder Moussa Sissoko – has been a revelation in United’s last two games, the victories over Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Those results have lifted the club six points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone ahead of the Tottenham game.
Gutierrez seems certain to start at White Hart Lane.
The addition of more quality – and competition – to the squad has driven Gutierrez on, according to Pardew.
The Argentina international was running on empty, but he’s fuelled and ready to battle on over the coming weeks and months.
“He’s a good player, but he’s been running on empty and lacking a bit of confidence and belief because the team hasn’t been strong enough,” added Pardew.
“It’s disappointing for players like him.
“Sometimes when you bring new players in, it’s only right that you give him a chance and say ‘come on then, we’ve got a proper team now – come and show your true form’.
“He did that, and I’m pleased for him. I’m very proud of him.”