Toon lose Gutierrez for West Brom game
Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been ruled out of the clash
with West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.
The 27-year-old picked up a minor knock in last Sunday’s 2-2
Premier League draw at Chelsea and will not be risked by manager
Alan Pardew as the Magpies attempt to end an already creditable
campaign with a victory which could propel them into the top
Gutierrez started in a supporting role to lone striker Shola
Ameobi last weekend, with youngster Shane Ferguson occupying the
Argentinian’s more accustomed berth wide on the left.
And with Northern Irishman Ferguson having shaken off an ankle
injury, he is likely to get another chance in the South American’s
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “Unfortunately, Jonas is out
of Sunday, but Shane Ferguson will be fit, so we do have a few
Gutierrez has fared much better in the top flight this time
around than he did in his first campaign in English football, but
has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this summer.
He has repeatedly insisted he is happy at St James’ Park, but it
remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
Pardew has already started drawing up his plans for a summer
recruitment drive amid speculation that he will battle it out with
a series of Premier League rivals for the signature of Wigan
midfielder Charles N’Zogbia.
The Magpies attempted to prise the Frenchman, who left Tyneside
for the Latics in February 2009, on the final day of the winter
transfer window after accepting Liverpool’s £35million bid for
They were unsuccessful on that occasion, but have continued to
be impressed by N’Zogbia’s form, which has been pivotal in giving
his current employers a chance of avoiding relegation heading into
Sunday’s final round of fixtures.
But Newcastle would not be alone – Sunderland boss Steve Bruce,
who took the winger to the DW Stadium, is also a long-term admirer,
while N’Zogbia has also been linked with the likes of Juventus,
Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
While giving nothing away as to the identity of his targets,
Pardew is confident he will add quality to his squad.
He said: “I would like to add the offensive players we need at
this level – the kind of players who can get bums off seats.
“We are competing with Champions League clubs to get them, but
hopefully we will get one or two in, and keep the basis of the
squad we have got here.”