In a way it speaks volumes for just how Colo has performed season, as getting called up along with 29 of the best of your fellow countrymen whilst playing in the second tier of English football is quite an impressive feat. You have to wonder whether Colo would indeed be on that plane had we still been playing Premier League football in the season just passed. Colo will be 32 by the time the next World Cup rolls around, so it is debatable whether the Argentine will get another shot at playing in a tournament of such magnitude again. But don’t worry too much Colo, I still want curly hair too, as I’m sure many others do.
From a selfish, Newcastle orientated point of view, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. We now have one of our top defenders free to go off and enjoy his holidays, rest, recuperate, and hopefully come back fresh and ready to fly out of the blocks at the start of next season. Not only that, but the fact that Colo won’t be strutting his stuff in South Africa means he is now pretty much out of the shop window for any prospective buyers. All it would have took would be for him to have a good World Cup and the offers would have come flying in from potential suitors, and we know he would be off if the offer was good enough for Mike Ashley to accept.
The same can’t be said for Jonas Gutierrez who, as expected, has made the final 23 man Argentina squad. I say it is expected as the Argentina coach, Diego Maradona, said a while back that Jonas is one of the first names on his team-sheet.
Fortunately, Chris Hughton gave the Argentine some extra time off at the end of the season when everything was wrapped up, so hopefully that extra few weeks rest will stand him in good stead and will mean he isn’t too worn out on his return to the club. We’re going to need him next season, and we have to hope he can slip past the observations of prospective buyers for him. Although on the other hand, if he has a exceptional World Cup then we could attract a silly money, hard to refuse kind of bid from somewhere.
So mixed fortunes for our Angentinian pair then, and I feel as disappointed for Colo as I feel elated for Jonas – very. It would have been nice to be represented by more than one player at the World Cup this summer, but it wasn’t to be and now it looks like we will have to settle for cheering Jonas on, unless it’s against England of course!