Keegan – Gutierrez Will Be Just As Big As Ginola

David Ginola wasn’t on Tyneside long, but he displayed a thrilling brand of attacking play, which the rest of the country only took real notice of, when he finally moved to London club Tottenham Hotspur.

Jonas Gutierrez – another Ginola? – yes and no

Suddenly they discovered a player with mercurial ability and were raving avbout a player that Geordie fans had been watching for almost two seasons. Oh well, London calling we suppose.

And with just two Just two games into his Newcastle United career, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has shown the same levels of skill and also resembles of his National team-mate Carlos Tevez, in the way he works at 100% for 90 minutes.

Keegan, whose recruitment drive enters it’s final vital week, has been absolutely thrilled at the player he captured from Real Mallorca for a pittance, and believes he can become just as popular as Ginola.

Kevin said today:

“He is a different player, so he will establish himself in a different way.”“Jonas has got it in him to be thought of every bit as much as David Ginola, but in a different way, definitely.”

“He has got so many assets. He is not just one thing or two things, he has got loads more.”

Jonas had a tremendous display in our 1-1 draw at Manchester United, and introduced himself to the pundits with a scintillating display of skill and energy.

And on Saturday he was a marked man indeed, against Bolton Wanderers, but he still had another productive game for the Tyneside club – and as Kevin has so rightly said, nobody who plays regularly for Argentina is a bad player.

Keegan continued:

“I said a few weeks ago, I think the fans are really going to take to him.”

“But I think the biggest thing they will like about his performance at Old Trafford wasn’t the long runs and the fact that he went past people and kept the ball well.”

“it will just be the fact that it meant so much for him to play football and be in a team that wasn’t going to be beaten.”

We have uncovered a little gem in Gutierrez, and his friend and international colleague Fabricio Coloccini, has also oozed class in his first two games for the club.

Fabricio has been thrown into the deep end by the boss, and performed little short of outstanding, given it’s his first ever games for the club, and in the Premier League too, the toughest league in the world.

Not a bad start at all. 😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Patrick

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Not long ago, some of us already tipped him as the new Ginola. Now even KK agrees!

  • matthewT

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, spiderman 🙂
    I don’t mind him being another Ginola.

    I hope he can keep this up for all other matches 🙂

  • Patrick

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    …and more importantly, keeping him with us longer than Ginola was!

  • Charlie

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets get more Argies!!!

  • mitch

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Jonas is great but I also think at the end of the season it will be colo we will all be raving about already my favorite player the coolness he displays on the ball is fantastic could easily have walked into any EPL club when you look the unwashed are trying to get Anton for 8m not in the same league as colo for 2m more and I am sorry but Stevie Taylor is better than anton trying to live off the family name


    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Argentina gonna win the world cup, I’m absolutely sure! They got fantastic promising youngsters and also strong established players!

  • DH7 Mags

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    guittiez is an absolute find. this signing was not expected at all, very familiar when we signed ginola. not many people had heard of him, the lad is absolute quality. now what we need at newcastle are 3 top quality players to go with him, colo. lets hope this does happen. we have lacked a centre half since we sold woodgate, we now have found an absolute quality player in coloccini. someone good to put pressure on taylor would not go a miss either.

  • JonasTheGod

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    The boy is top draw, legend in the making

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I dont think either will play tonight.
    Or at least not for the full 90 mins.

    Think we will see Bassong and Enrisky starting.
    N’Zog in place of Jonas, Geremi in place of Milner
    Pattinson and Owen up front.
    Oh and Harper in goal.

    What you think?

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Jonas mate you’re class. Hero already.

  • Timberhead Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Pattison I’m pretty sure he left last January

  • WesToon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #12


    Been a TOON fan for 20 years now,i have NEVER seen an engine like his(power,stamina,skill,speed,passing ability,crossing ability)

    This Lad has it ALL
    Im so proud to have Jonas at My Beloved NUFC
    Get in SPIDEY!!!!

  • DH7 Mags

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    he’s here, he’s there, he’s every f’in where spiderman, spiderman 🙂

  • Ptah

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Gutierrez Will Be Just As Big As Ginola! I hope not, Ginola ended up being so big he couldn’t run for a bus… I will be satisfied if Gutierrez puts in a good shift for our club…

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Ha Ha thats twice I wrote that.
    I meant Donaldson 🙂

  • Frankieboy

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    If Jonas is half as good as Ginola that’ll do for me.
    Think Ginola left due to Daglish and his negative way of playing.
    Ginola was not the type of player you can shackle and try to play a defensive game it’s wasn’t his nature.
    Am excited by Jonas the way i was with ginola and it aint happened since.

  • tom tomb

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Frankieboy- He wanted to leave after his 1st season with KK. He agitated for a move all summer to Barcelona. He went in a huff under KK and played crap for the start of that season. He left under Dalglish as you pointed out, but really he wanted away. Jonas appears to love the club already, so we should not get the same attitude as Ginola had at the end. 😀

  • Frankieboy

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Was not aware of that.
    To me though he is the most naturally gifted player ever to wear the black n white shirt.
    If jonas is ahlf as good and gifted as Ginola then WOW. Jonas for me is obviously by far the greater as regards hard work which means he will be able to give more to the team as a whole than Ginola ever did.
    Jonas will prove to be a star …no doubt.

  • Sav

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Never mind talking up the 4 signings we’ve made while there’s just 6 more days to transfer. This is just club spin.
    Sure Jonas will be great. So will Colo. Guthrie is decent and maybe Bassong will be alright.
    But they are just replacing some of what we’ve lost. We need extra numbers to back up a squad that was already too small. With the meeting on Wednesday, blogs like this should stay focussed.

  • Davy C

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Ginola left PSG under a cloud after being blamed by Houllier and subsequently a whole nation for France not qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. He had something to prove but had confidence in abundance. Ginola was a fantastic player and will always have a place in Geordie hearts.

    However, I personally don’t think that Jonas will be a new Ginola. If he continues to play with the same heart and promise he’s shown so far we will be talking in ten years time about who is going to be the new Spiderman!

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    He’s much better than than Ginola, he works much harder for the team than Ginola ever did, already!..Not saying Ginola wasn’t great, he was…But i think Gutierrez is better!..
    …Yarbles to nostalgia!..

  • DH7 Mags

    Aug 26, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #22

    yes he is a good player but after 2 games we can not compare him to david ginola. come on. lets be sensible about this. ginola was outstanding for 2 years for newcastle. guittiez has played 2 games and i must say what i have seen of him in pre season and the start of the season, he has the quality to be a toon legend. thats if he wants to be. to make him look even better, we need more quality in that team, signings have got to be made if we are to push on this year. for example, we have a depleted team for tonights game, if we are to win out, you need a talented bif squad and we lack that, so we need to get some top quality players in before this window closes. hopefully we have some in for saturdays game caus 2 or 3 top quality in the team and we can beat arsenal on saturday.

  • Gallowgate31

    Aug 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #23

    If he is here for any length of time he will trounce ginola in the legend stakes… he is a born geordie legend, he has talent, works hard and a great attitude towards us !

    Keegan is right tho you cannot compare the two of them as they are like chalk and cheese as players. I think he is trying to say ‘this guy will be better than ginola’. I’m well impressed with his work rate so far.

    Keep it up Jonas !

  • Toon_Ksk

    Aug 26, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Ginola can score and assist, hopefully Jonas can do the same once he adapts to the English play.

  • craig

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Jonas you legend


    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    yeh i have to say i think jonas is great!!

    i already think both gutierrez and coloccini will be outstanding signings.

    guthrie looks a good buy as well but i havent seen much of bassong.

    all we need now is a left back for certain.
    possibly another centre back
    creative midfielder
    big striker who can hold up the ball anbd who can stay fit unlike viduka!! lol

    things are looking good on the toon!!


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