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Gutierrez Signing Major Coup For Newcastle

10:15 am, Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

The Newcastle Journal have interviewed Spanish football expert Gerry Armstrong today, and he only has good things to say about our new signing Jonas Gutierrez.

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Jonas Gutierrez – a coup for Newcastle

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Mallorca midfielder is now commentating on Spanish football for Sky Sports, and thinks Gutierrez was the best winger in La Liga last season.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp had been trying to sign the Argentine International since last year, but Newcastle beat him to it, and were successful in persuading the boy to join Newcastle, and apparently many clubs were trying to sign him – so we did something very right to sign Jonas.

Of course the last couple of players we signed from the Spanish League were winger Albert Luque and center-back Marcelino, both of whom turned out to be big money flops on Tyneside.

However, Armstrong thinks that Gutierrez – who is believed to have bought out the last two years of his contract at Mallorca so he could move to England, will be a far more successful player at Newcastle, and seems cut out for the English game.

Armstrong told the Journal today:

“It really is a major coup for Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan will be absolutely thrilled to get him because a lot of clubs were after him from La Liga and the Premier League,”

“I know for certain that Harry Redknapp will be absolutely gutted Jonas has gone to Newcastle because he has spent the last seven or eight months trying to get him to sign for Portsmouth. A lot of clubs have been watching him, but Newcastle have pulled it off.”

“Jonas is a great signing for Newcastle and the fans should be thrilled that he will be at St James’s Park next season. It is a real statement of ambition in the transfer market and it will help the club look forward after the troubles it has had recently.”

Gutierrez has signed a five-year deal at Newcastle, and though the fee has been quoted to be £9M – £10M, if he bought out his contract, wouldn’t that make him a free agent?  We’re not sure Newcastle paid anywhere near the £10M that was often quoted yesterday.

The winger should provide a productive supply line for Michael Owen and the rest of the Newcastle strikers, but we think that means one of Milner, N’Zogbia or Duff will leave before the end of August, and we would think Duff would be favorite to move on.

We now have 4 wingers, but we believe Keegan will sign at least one more before the transfer window ends – maybe Lennon from Tottenham, which would allow Duff to move on, maybe to Sunderland.  Then we’d have Milner, N’Zogbia, Gurierrez and Lennon as the choice of wingers – not too bad at all.

Armstrong added:

“For me, he was one of the best players in La Liga last season and the biggest single reason why Real Mallorca had such a good year.”

“Danny Guiza was the top goalscorer in Spanish football last season and he got his ammunition from Gutierrez, he created the goals for him. I’m sure Michael Owen will be looking forward to playing with him.”

“I don’t think Kevin could have signed a better player for Newcastle from La Liga because he has all the attributes needed to be a success in the Premier League and I’m really interested to see how he does.”

“He is tall for a winger, and he’s quick and strong. He has wonderful energy levels and will work really hard for the team. He also knows how to defend and he’s not scared to tuck in when he has to.”

“He is a great team player because that is something all the Real Mallorca players had to be.”

Gutierrez may take some time to settle in the North East, so the fans will need to be patient, but he’ll get almost a full pre-season, which is good,  and Argentine players have always proved they are really good players – look at Tevez and Mascherano.

Last season both of them were great, but even those two took some time to settle in.

Gutierrez will probably start training at Newcastle in a couple of weeks time, as he takes a well earned break after playing for Argentina in World Cup qualifying games during the summer.

Armstrong added:

“I know Newcastle have not had the best track record when it comes to signing players from Spain, but Gutierrez is Argentinean and he has a different style of play. He’s certainly not another Albert Luque.”

“Argentinians generally have a good history in English football, going back to Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa at Tottenham, and I’m confident Gutierrez will be a success at Newcastle.”

“Obviously, it is always difficult moving to a different country, with a different language and it will take some adjustment which can take time, but I really do think he will adapt to English football because of the type of player he is. Newcastle have obviously done their homework.”

The more we hear about Jonas the more we like him.

The only thing would be how long will he take to settle at the club, not too long hopefully, but he does seem a great buy for the club.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Jonas Gutierrez · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 liamtoonbirchy // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    i hope he lives up to expectations on the pitch.

    Anyone know any news on Inler (especially ELFER) i think he would be a great signing and a much needed one.

    I think if Inler and Collocini made their way to toon they would be key to our squad next year.

    I also seen barnetta mentioned, so if anyone has news on inler or barnetta then let me know please.

  • 2 tam toon // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Lets hope it is! I was in spain when they signed Marcelino and they were gutted he was going he was so good! But hopefully it will be different this time. Need a really big name signing to get others to join though, and open the floodgates. Though hopefully this is a good start, seems to have a great attitude-GOOD LUCK JONAS.

  • 3 Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    There are still some very good Argies in Argentina, why not cut out the middlemen and get them direct or was the S. American trip just a junket to Copacapano beach.

  • 4 Hadji // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Talk about defence,when i watched Mallorca and saw Jonas for the first time,i thought he was CM or DM cause he was so amazing in his defensive roles.
    Somehow i have a weird feeling that another suprise signing will arrive and this time will be Lucho Gonzales.

  • 5 ronaldeano // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    I reacon we will sign Aimar also

  • 6 liamtoonbirchy // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    hadji any source or just a feeling?

  • 7 Ian // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Let us hope Zog and Martins are staying and another good signing is around the corner, otherwise it may be a good signing but if one or two of those players leave we havent improved over all.

  • 8 ronaldeano // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    @Hadji, hope so, lucho Gonzalez is class!

  • 9 ronaldeano // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    We should keep everyone except Duff and Smith, and bring in at least 3 more players. An AM, CB, LB and a big young striker, ie Derdyok and we will definately have a good chance of chalenging for a top 6 finish

  • 10 AussieToon // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    when does the window close?

  • 11 ELFER // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    liamtoonbirchy: yes I know news and it’s bad news…he already told our club a “no” :-( It looks like we offered the best quote (his agent received over 20 offers!!!) but he still likes life in serie A at udinese…seems seetled there.

    unfortunately I think he will not come :-(

  • 12 Marc Hottiger // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    I’m delighted with Gutierrez but when I saw the headline yesterday on the official site saying we’d signed an Argentinian I so thought it was Aimar!

  • 13 Hadji // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Unfortinately no source just a feeling,for sure if Porto who is left without any European football this year will sell at least 4 of their top players.Lucho would be at least 14 mill pounds,but when i saw the transfer fee for Jonas i realized that MA isnt tight as i thought he was.
    ANother player from Porto i would love to have in our team would be Fucile.

  • 14 mad matty // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Aimar has signed 4 da toon!!!
    look on sky sports news on da t.v now!!!
    im so extatic!

  • 15 Matty // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    I will judge him when he gets on the pitch and puts a shift in. His scoring record isn’t anything outstanding however if he can assist goals by taking on players and getting a decent ball in he is welcome. Perfect opportunity to offload any of the 3 wingers at the club now in my opinion, I wouldn’t even be too sad to see Milner to leave.

    Obviously this is 1 player out of an expected 6 or 7 – so we will see what else is to come in I guess.

  • 16 dan_from_france // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    sign ronaldinho at the mo no 1 wants him offer £20 million like modric bring him back to form wuld be a great add to the squad.
    and another cm or dm wuld go down well. like toulalan from lyon

  • 17 craig chisholm // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    has to be duff that leaves, zogs has to stay as does martins. This ne bloke sounds good, a bit mad and probably unpredicatble – just kk’s mould. wonder if he will be like asprilla was, full of tricks and a real handful, even though not going to score many goals. i used to laugh at tino – defences just did not know what to do with him. I cant see keegan wanting to sell zogs or martins, they are his type of player.

  • 18 Davies // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Nice article Ed, I read the quotes somewhere else and felt reassured, as I know very little about Gutierrez.

    I had a bit of a poke around yesterday, but there’s not that much on the web about him, not even a wikipaedia page. He looks good, but it’s always nice to hear praise from soemone that knows the player, the Spanish game and the English game.

    Derdiyok next for me please, the Aimar and Inler. I still quite like Achille Emana, but things of gone quiet about him. Does anybody know if he’s signed elsewhere since our “interest”?

    Also, am I alone in thinking that we have a reasonable back four. I like the Beye, Taylor, Faye, Enrique combo. We also have good cover in the likes of Edgar, Tozer and Kadar. Perhaps another experienced FB/CB would be good, but I think we’re not as badly off as everyone seems to think.

  • 19 ELFER // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    I would also love to add EMANA in central midfield – could build a strong parntership with geremi and then we would not need a new CB!!

    bring in a new left sided winger and unload DUFF…then maybe a backup LB and we are completely fine!!

  • 20 Leo // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    lets hope he spends a bit of his time on holiday with earphones in ear listening to learn geordie cd’s

    lucho sounds a good player he has had good write ups both in the press and on hear

  • 21 HalftimeBovril // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Heard from a friend that we could well be signing J Evans on a 12 month loan deal next week with an option to buy.

    Not sure how reliable this is but would be a good signing plus with talk of a 7m figure we would be able to get a good look at him before committing any cash

    It would also pee the makems off too ;-)

  • 22 SuperShearer // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Ed there are all sorts of rumors about Jonas’s price. Some reports say he bought out his contract under the Webster rule and that Mallorca have asked FIFA to look into the matter, surely if this is the case we would not have paid £10million? Guy on SkySports said if we paid less than £7mil then its a good deal, anything more he claimed would be a gamble. Will we ever know the truth? Of course by not letting anyone know what we paid no one knows are spending power which is a strength in negotiations.

  • 23 ELFER // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Lucho surely is a good player but as far as I know he’s another right sided winger/midfielder and I cannot see another one to come…wouldn’t make big sense…

  • 24 Leo // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    duff nzogbia milner guitarrez

    what a set of wingers with hope that duff will be good for having a pre season this year….

    maybe if duff goes we need a left winger maybe mcgeady but we now have two right wingers perfect

  • 25 ToonTimbo // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    This fella must be good if Gerry Armstrong thinks he was the best winger in La Ligua last season!! Think of all the class wingers in that league – Robinho, Snieder, Robben, Joachim, Ronaldinho, etc etc!! If thats Armstrong is right, its a great signing!!

  • 26 Spyro // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Leo its gutierrez not guitarrez mate

  • 27 Hadji // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Elfer….Correction mate…he’s a world class Playmaker,he’s natural CM

  • 28 jeffa // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    14 mad matty // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:39

    Aimar has signed 4 da toon!!!
    look on sky sports news on da t.v now!!!
    im so extatic!

    wa …

  • 29 mikeygd // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    whats all this about him buying his contract and the club taking legal action for 12million, who is gna pay the 12 million if they are successful in there claim!?

  • 30 ELFER // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Hadji: ok, sorry didn’t know…ok then! But I think we should buy players who can play alongside our existing players…

    If lucho suits KK I trust him…if EMANA is the man for KK I trust him too! ;-)

  • 31 Hadji // Jul 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Toontimbo….He said last season not in overall.Last season Ronaldinho didnt play,Sneijder is not a winger,Joaquin played only 40 % in a bad form,Robben almost half season injured,That leaves only Robinho.
    The only player who was a better player than Jonas and he’s a LM and LW was David Silva.

  • 32 Kash2 // Jul 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    I still think we need an experienced CB for the younger lads to learn off, but I have a feeling that KK has alot of faith in Cacapa. Hopefulyl last season was a blip for him, he did actually put in some good performaces at times.

    I personally think Duff should be leaving (which would seem to be the case if he’s selling his house in a falling property market).

    It seems like Smudge will be played up top next season, so I don’t think a ST is high on priorities (would like one though, maybe Cardozo of Benfica possibly Chamakh after what I have read about him).

    Definitely need the following: LB, RB, DM, CM, LW, Playmaker

  • 33 Hadji // Jul 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    I’m sure he’ll suit KK style,only the price would be a little problem.
    Elfer do you think Vonlanteen(sorry for spelling) would be good for us.

  • 34 Kash2 // Jul 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    @Hadji: Thats fair enough, but Guiza scored 27 goals all from open play, how many of those were Jonas’s assists? I’d like to know how many assists he got all season. If it was more than 10, then thats a pretty good tally in my book!

  • 35 geordiekk // Jul 3, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    theres nothing about aimar on ssn

  • 36 TomPoon // Jul 3, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    MadMatty:

    You are a TIT

  • 37 SwedeEric // Jul 3, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    What yo talk about Lennon? SWP is already out walking his dog outside the trainingground… Probly KK have just forgot to tell everyone ells about it…

  • 38 clinta // Jul 3, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    maybe..? maybe…? if this signings proved one thing it’s that we’ve wasted a hell of a lot of time reading stories on blogs just like this one, and specualting maybe we’ll buy this player… maybe this player will move to…. is clearly a waste of time.

  • 39 Owen_10 // Jul 3, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    anyone know what shirt number he is getting? i reckon 11 to replace duff, or 7 to replace barton

  • 40 Andy // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    yeh but barton aint goin newhere buddy :D

  • 41 Ausgeordie // Jul 4, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    I wanted SWP but now with milner and Jonas we are set on the right. With Zog and Duff we are set on the left. With Crouch we would be set up front. Dunne and Bridge would set us up at the back. We need a creative attacking midfielder in the vein of arshavin and another centre back so Faye can replace Butt as necessary. Fingers crossed for the next season!!! 4 or 5 more in and we could be in good shape




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