JONAS Gutierrez has shrugged off criticism of Newcastle United’s formations – and insisted the club has the players to adapt to any formation.
Supporters have been calling for a return to the 4-3-3 system that brought the club so much success last season.
United manager Alan Pardew – whose side have lost their last four Premier League games – has predominantly played 4-4-2 this term.
However, Newcastle have struggled to find any kind of attacking fluency, though the team’s performance in Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City was a marked improvement on that in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Southampton.
And Gutierrez has faith in the systems deployed by Pardew, whose team face Wigan Athletic on Monday night needing a win to pull away from the league’s relegation zone.
“We have different type of formations – we can play 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1,” Gutierrez said.
“I think we different types of players, so that gives the manager different options and different formations.
“It depends on the game and the teams that we play against.
“What is more important is the players that play in these positions try to do their best and try to give 100 per cent.”