Kevin Keegan was happy to take all three points on Saturday against a tough Bolton Wanderers side, and he is also delighted at the way his two Argentine players have settled so quickly into the Newcastle setup.
Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini – settled so quickly
Kevin Keegan talked today about Jonas Gutierrez first:
“I’ve never known a player settle so quickly. That’s how he came into the club.”
“Day one he put his music on, spoke in English to everybody and walked out on the training ground.”
“We did a bleep test on him and I’ve never seen anyone run like that. The next day we did a bit of football and I turned round to Terry Mac and said: ‘The fans are going to love him here’. That was the view of all my staff. Wow.”
“He’s got that dual strength of ability and putting work rate on the end of it. It’s a wonderful combination.”
“That’s what the fans love about him already, tackling, working hard, tracking back.”
And of course Coloccini has put it two performances that suggest his type of play is made for the Premier league and he has every chance of becoming one of the best center backs in the league if he continues with displays like the last two.
And he played in every game last season for Deportivo, and was consistent and good throughout the season, and If he remains fit this season, our defense should perform well, and certainly a lot better than last season.
Keegan is simply delighted with Gutiérrez and his compatriot Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle – as he continued:
“These two guys I’ve fetched in have played in Spain. That was their first move, that’s the hardest one for them.”
“Spain was good for them because it was the same language. The two we’ve got are top notch. They’re not gambles. They can play at the highest level and have done.”
It certainly makes a difference to the team.; Gutierrez is skilled and works his socks off and Coloccini plays with that air of coolness and class, that his enormous skill warrants.
Two good signings by Keegan?
You bet – and now for three or four more before the end of the month, and we’ll be flying again.