Monday, 8 March 2010

Spidermag, Spidermag...

There were many topics that could lead the focus of this post after such a successful weekend's football for Newcastle.

Another goal-rush at St. James', West Brom losing to QPR, pushing eight points clear in the promotion race, Lovenkrands scoring again, Guthrie replacing Smith and so on, and so on. But there is only one man that I could feature, the man that's dominated all the pictures surrounding Newcastle this weekend. That man is Jonas Gutierrez, aka, Spidermag.

For the first time in almost two seasons we got to see the infamous Spiderman mask in celebration of Jonas' wonderstrike against Barnsley. In many ways this goal felt like Jonas' first real goal for Newcastle. His strike against Peterborough earlier in the season took a notable deflection on his it's way into the net and we didn't see any sort of celebration from the Argentinian.

This time around his effort in the demolition of Barnsley has capped a string of good performances. His final ball has become a consistent danger-maker (yes I have just made that up) and if he can continue to cause havoc with his runs down the left goals is all he needs to add to his game.

A strike of such quality illustrated why Spidey is the only member of the Newcastle squad that is going to South Africa this summer to strut his stuff at the World Cup. Legendary Argentina coach Diego Maradona has shown something of an affinity to the player since he took charge of the national team. Going as far as to tell the media that the Argentina team consisted of "Mascherano, Messi, Jonas and eight others," naming the Toon's left winger as a major part of his plans.

Despite Maradona's assurances on his international place it has taken a while for Spidey to win me over. He always looked dangerous and you could never fault his work-rate but he regularly failed to produce in the final third and failed to provide goals.

I was desperate for things to change and it appears that they have. If Jonas can keep up his good form and continue to produce crosses and goals of the quality he has shown in the last few games he could soon become a bona fide Superhero.

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