Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has brought the soothing sounds of South America to Tyneside, writes Matt Leslie.
SHAKESPEARE once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on” – a line which Newcastle midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez would heartily concur with, so long as no one lets Tim Krul anywhere near the stereo.
For Gutiérrez, music helps him to enjoy both life and football and anything that has United’s Argentinian winger on song can only be a good thing ahead of today’s clash at Norwich.
Footballers psyching themselves up or relieving tension via music is nothing new and Gutiérrez and his team-mates certainly subscribe to this. For Gutiérrez, though, being so many miles away from his homeland, the sounds of Argentinian music such as Cuarteto and Charcarera provide are a comforting reminder of his roots.
It is a blend which he has shared – via Steven Taylor’s sound equipment – with his team-mates and has gone down well – especially the dancing that Jonás performs to accompany it. It provides a vibrant atmosphere in the United dressing room which helps keep team spirit high – as long as a certain Dutch goalkeeper’s selection isn’t played.
Gutiérrez said: “The music makes me happy. Especially in the morning when I get up and go in the car – it makes me feel much more closer to my country because it is music from Argentina that I listen to. For me, the music is really important in my life.
“I play it in the dressing room and at the training ground as well. We also have the iPod of Steven Taylor. He puts his music on, which is a selection of different types of music.
“If I can I dance along. If you win it is a good feeling to dance. If not then maybe not so. I’m the only one who does this, although Peter (Løvenkrands) is also a good mover.
“Mind, if Steven is not going to be playing, someone else might have to organise the music. Maybe Timmy (Krul) will but his music is not so good. Steven organises the music and has a selection from everybody. He puts his stuff on and then puts my Argentinian music on. We won’t be happy with Tim’s music – when he puts his on we give it two or three minutes before switching it off as it is so bad. I don’t know what Tim’s type of music is called but it is bad. Steven has some good music to dance to but you can’t with Tim’s.”
If morale is to stay high come kick-off, it is probably best that Gutiérrez’s selection be played given the tough afternoon which could await Newcastle. Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Danny Guthrie and Mike Williamson are on the injured list which means the likelihood of those coming in having to play out of position being very likely.
With the injuries mounting, the onus is on United to see if they can cope, particularly following last week’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea at St James’ Park.
Gutiérrez recognises how hard their task will be but is confident whoever comes in can help United get a result.
He added: “With the injuries, it will be very hard (against Norwich) because you don’t have replacements who can play in the right position. We don’t know yet who are going to play instead of Steven (Taylor) and Fabricio (Coloccini). Maybe it will be Perchy (James Perch), Danny (Simpson) or Davide (Santon).
“It will be hard on those who come in to play somewhere which is not their right position. The problem we have is that you don’t have more time to prepare for that. Maybe if we did then it might not be that big a problem.
“Norwich is potentially our toughest game of the season because of the injuries. There may be players playing on Saturday who have not had too many chances to play this season – like Dan Gosling.
“We know that December and January is really important because you have a lot of games but the players have to be ready because the season has these type of things happening, and even if you’ve not been playing, you have to be ready.
“It’s hard to play in a new position but we believe in all the players that are here. If we are here (at Newcastle United) it is because we have the quality to play in the Premier League.
“So maybe a draw at Norwich would be a good result. If you saw the fixtures at the start of the season you always think a draw away is a good result. We are being strong at home so a point is good. Of course we want to get more but we’ll see how it goes in the game.”