As we had reported a few days ago Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has identified Jose Antonio Reyes as a potential summer transfer target.
Jose Antonio Reyes – too cold in Newcastle for Spanish star?
The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a move back to the Premier League by the Spanish media after a very poor season with Athletico Madrid, where he has failed to score in all his 24 games.
His poor form has cost him his place in the Spanish National side and he may be available for just Â£5M, which seems a bargain price for the talented player. But it seems he would like to move back to the Premier League in an attempt to revitalize his career.
The problem we have with Kevin signing Reyes is we just donâ€™t think Jose will be able to settle in Newcastle. When he was in London he didnâ€™t like the weather or the food, and itâ€™s unlikely heâ€™s going to be a lover of black pudding, especially if he ever finds out whatâ€™s in it.Â Â Â
And that cold wind coming in off the North Sea is none too warm either. Weâ€™re sure Keegan could bring the best out of the former Arsenal winger, no doubt about that, but itâ€™s far colder in Newcastle than in London, even if he wears two pairs of gloves and thermal underwear.
Reyes scored 16 goals in 69 appearances for Arsenal after joining from Seville for Â£10.5M in 2004 but returned to Spain two years later, first of all with Real Madrid, after complaining of homesickness and the poor English weather.
But if Jose would be willing to come to Newcastle, with no European competition again next season, we’d still welcome the move, and hope that the warmth of the Newcastle people and fans will be enough to make him feel more at home in Newcastle than he was in London.Â That’s always a good possibility.
What do you think?