Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan would like to hand new signing Jonas Gutierrez his Newcastle United debut in this weekendâ€™s Mallorca Summer Cup.
Jonas Gutierrez – will make debut in Mallorca Summer Cup
The Newcastle manager indeed is hoping to have the Argentine winger play in Friday’s night’s game with Hertha Berlin in Palma.
But Gutierrez will not play against his former club Real Mallorca, in Newcastle’s second game on Sunday night.
Newcastle still do not have the Argentine’s registration and that is why, after he traveled to both Hartlepool and Doncaster, he was left on the sidelines.
Real Mallorca are appealing the deal to FIFA, and until the decision comes down, they are holding onto the registration, but how long will it take FIFA to sort this out?
It looks like Kevin is expecting it to come through this week, and before Friday night.
Kevin Keegan seems confident things will be in place by Friday night, as Gutierrez makes a quick return to Mallorca, where he has played football for the past three seasons.
The Newcastle manager said today:
â€œJonas will definitely play in the first game against Hertha Berlin on Friday night as, unless something unforeseen happens, we should have his registration by then.”
â€œThatâ€™s my intention. He wants to play. He desperately wanted to play against Doncaster, but there was no chance of getting his registration.”
â€œBut I wonâ€™t play him against his old club. There is no agreement â€“ I just wonâ€™t play him against his old club so quickly.”
“However, Iâ€™ve told him Iâ€™ll play him in the first game.â€
Keegan has no fears about Jonas’ match fitness, since he was playing only last month for Argentina in their world Cup qualifying matches.
â€œHeâ€™s only four weeks after finishing playing, so he doesnâ€™t need the games as much as the others.”
â€œHeâ€™s not missed as much. Heâ€™s had games while the others havenâ€™t, so itâ€™s more important for some of the others to get games.â€
It will be great for Newcastle fans to get their first look at a player Kevin says will be fantastic for Newcastle.
Hope so. 😀