ALAN Pardew put his faith in Jonas Gutierrez when he handed him a contract extension – and Newcastle United are already reaping the rewards.
Gutierrez signed a new deal last month keeping him at St James’s Park until 2015.
The 28-year-old won over Pardew with his performances late last season.
And Gutierrez’s carried his form into the new campaign.
He scored a stunning goal in the 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month.
And the winger turned provider in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park with a superb run and cross for Demba Ba’s goal.
Gutierrez had been linked with a move away from the club before he agreed a new deal, and Pardew believes he and the club are benefitting from the faith they have put in the Argentina international.
“Jonas is in some of the best form I’ve seen from him,” Pardew said (pictured).
“Sometimes when players sign contracts, they just come off the pedal a little bit. Jonas has gone the other way.
“I didn’t sign him, so maybe he’s got a little bit of belief that the manager here loves him and wants him to play well. That might just be arming him, and he’s playing so well at the minute.”
On Ba’s goal, his fifth of the campaign, Pardew added: “Demba had to make up about 40 yards to get to that position – he ran past two players. It was a great run by him.”
The form of Gutierrez means Sylvain Marveaux – who can play on either flank – is yet to start a Premier League game for the club he joined from Rennes in the summer.
Dan Gosling is another who hasn’t featured because of the form of those in front of him, and Pardew admits he feels for those on the fringes of his in-form team, which has been unchanged for the past four league games.
He said: “I feel so sorry for Sylvain and Dan Gosling at the minute, and one or two others.
“They’ve worked really hard, and haven’t got a sniff. I want to keep winning games, but obviously I’d love to play them at some point.”