Are Newcastle Chasing Former Liverpool Star Luis Garcia?


Do you remember Luis Garcia, who was a midfield player who played for Liverpool from 2004-2007, before moving to Atletico Madrid?

News today that Joe Kinnear wants him at Newcastle.

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Luis Garcia – a more than decent midfielder

Most fans will remember Garcia (full name Luis Javier García Sanz) from his days under Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, and he is more than a decent midfielder, who usually plays on the wing but can also play in central midfield.

While he’s 30 years old he has already proved that he is more than good enough to play at the Premier League level.

Luis has played for a number of clubs starting out at Barcelona when he was 18 years old, and then he moved on to Atletico Madrid, before moving back to Barcelona in 2003, and then Liverpool in 2004, where he played 78 times for The Reds with 18 goals, and became a firm favorite on Merseyside.

In the summer of 2007 he moved back to Atletico Madrid and he’s played 42 times with two goals this time around in Madrid.

He has so far played 18 times for Spain with 5 goals, and was born in Badalona, Catalonia in June oif 1978.

We liked the look of this player at Liverpool, and would hope this news is true, because we think the lad could do a good job on Tyneside.

Although he is naturally left-footed, he has the ability to kick with both feet, and has a good aerial presence despite not being too tall at 5’10”, although that’s a reasonable height.

Luis can also operate behind a sole striker, and has proved his ability to score goals.

He reminds us a little of Everton’s very good Australian forward Tim Cahill, although he’s not as good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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600 comments so far

  • haydn4newcastle

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    please sign him!!!!! he has the creativity which we need

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  • Tom

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Can he do it anymore? I don’t think he has been playing very often for Atletico, can’t get in their team.

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  • Wigaz

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Very Good little player! He’s great at popping up with last minute goals which we severly need too many draws JFK! Lets hope these rumours are true today ED if we get players mentioned i’d be more than happy. A mixture of Strength & Skill McManus would sort out Defence out & Garcia give us creativity needed in mid.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Probably press mess.
    I’d take him though.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    No thanks. Overrated and past his prime.

    We need a creative player, but Luis Garcia would probably just come to Toon for a last (highly profitable) contract.

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  • Wallsend Will

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Where’s the news coming from? It’s Sunday the 25th January, a week to go. It’s time we heard that Luis has agreed terms, and is flying in tomorrow for a medical. Until then please keep the speculation away. I only get disappointed when it turns out to be crap!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    But jan, we’re not offering highly lucrative contracts anymore, apparently

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Would be a good signing.

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  • Sav

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    No. Stick with the policy. No more 30 year old ‘doubtful if he can still do it’ players on big bucks. There are Championship youngsters who will cost a modest fee but on less wages who are promising and will relish the chance. Ask yourself what would be Garcia’s motivation in coming to Newcastle right now?
    Maybe its the alice band but he never seemed all that up for it at Liverpool, a bit of a weak link there and I doubt he’ll be any better now.
    No thanks.

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  • Little Willie

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    You can guess the typical reaction of Newcastle fans by what club the player is coming from.

    Big team – Don’t want him because he wouldn’t be coming here if he was good.

    Small team – Don’t want him because if he was any good someone else would have signed him by now.

    Championship team – Don’t want him, championship standard.

    etc

    etc

    etc

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  • tino97

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Good player a few years ago, but not sure anymore. We are crying out for some creativity at the moment. This one would be a gamble, but we need something and quick. Its becoming desperation now!

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  • workyticket

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    “Do you remember Luis Garcia, who was a midfield player who played for Liverpool from 2004-2007, before moving to Atletico Madrid?”

    Ed, he’s a ‘second striker’ mostly, though he is currently playing as a winger to cover for Simao at Atlético Madrid.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    he has to be my most hated current footballer, i cant stand him!!!!!!!

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  • Fog-on-the-Tyne

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Please lets be honest, we’re not going to sign anyone other than loans!!

    ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT – ASHLEY OUT!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    why ryan toon

    mine is ashley cole and ronaldo

    both are pricks

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  • ian

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #16

    dream on, these lot couldnt sign their own names.

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  • beatski

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    you got a buyer for the toon like fog-on-the-tyne?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Given away for 10 million, jk has already been handed 10 million for transfers so he should have 20 million to spend in the days left in the transfer market. Not ideal at all.

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Any news on M’Bia? Did Kinnear just not like the look of him in that game last week?

    I have a couple of friends who are Atletico fans and they like this player very much.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    ‘Are Newcastle Chasing Former Liverpool Star Luis Garcia?’

    Hopefully not, why do we need anotherm winger/smaller striker.

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  • Nenad

    Jan 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #21

    May I just remind everybody that we aren’t really in a position to choose…

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    nenad

    yes we are

    garcia is a winger which is a position we dont need

    and if MA wants to cut the wage bill we cant be bringing in players in positions we dont need

    so i would rather use the money for players in positions we need

    such as a DM much

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  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Thursday will be the day we know if anybody will be signed . I predict wednesday evening after the game Shays move will be announced , if it is money and no players coming our way , then we will buy our targets on Thursday . If by Thursday evening no signings are announced then no one is coming and we are well and truly screwed .

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  • gggrrrr

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Normally there is no transfer activity leading up to the weekend because the manager and coaching staff are ‘focussing’ on the next game. We haven’t had a match this weekend so they should have been flat out trying to bring players in. Did we get any? Lovenkrands who was a free agent and could have been brought in any time!

    So will they all be in the office today working their buts off on deals? Bet you all ten bob that Kinnear has gone home to see his family for the weekend and Lambsarse, Wise and co have done the same.

    Back to graft tomorrow morning when it’ll be “we need to concentrate on the Man City Game”. Then from Thursday it’ll be “we’ve got an inportant derby coming up against Sunderland. Meanwhile the transfer window will have come and gone and the only chance of any signings might be if there is any bums rush next Saturday night.

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    If anything is to be believed then citeh are apparently after offloading Micah Richards, surely he could be part of any negotiations ??

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  • cooldj

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #26

    has geremi gone yet?

    For me the key now is if we lose any of our valuable players we need to do it for player exchanges. cash is clearly no good at the moment. we should be looking long and hard at

    Hart
    Onouha
    Johnson
    Sturridge

    and those are only from one prem club. We need at least one cm and one wing back and one rm imo.

    but preferably
    1 dm
    1 am
    1 lb
    1 rb
    1 rm

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  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #27

    gggrrrr
    Lovenkrands contract was terminated only a few days before we got him in on trial . kinnear actually moved quick to get the lad here to have a look at him .

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #28

    P.S. I’m going to ask me gaffer if i can work permanent nights so i don’t have to watch ssn or read any of the daily crap. lol

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  • gggrrrr

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Alex

    Sorry I thought he had been out of contract and available for a while.

    I think your earlier post was spot on and we wont hear anything, if at all, until at least next Thursday.

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  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #30

    what do you think gggrrrr will there be new signings on the way ? I reckon Kinnear is busting a gut to get players in but wise , lambiarse & Ashley ???
    I have a real sinking feeling .

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    He could be the creative spark we need behind the strikers.

    However he again does not fit the mould of an Ashley signing.

    Unless hes a free (doubt it ) or a loan signing (doubt it)

    Do i think he’ll come?………… (doubt it)

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #32

    beyethegreat

    i hate garcia mainly because of his celebration, sucking his thumb, its cringeworthy for a footballer to do that all the time, also he is a big head like ronaldo

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  • gggrrrr

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Alex, I think the best that we can hope for are loan deals. I think any players who we are interested in will have strong reservations about signing full time because we are not assured of premiership survival.

    So loan deals with the possibility of permanency if we stay up are probably good propositions for both us and prospective signings.

    I’m hopeful, but not counting my chickens, that Joe will be exerting pressure on Wise and co to sanction the £10m for M’Bia. He is the sort of big strong laddie we need in the middle who can link up with strikers. At the moment we aren’t creating anything and I believe if we can get some attacking midfielders who can pass the ball forwards then we might just get something out of Owen.

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  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I read a quote from Saviola yesterday saying he would not mind moving to a small club as long as it meant getting out of Real . My one big hope is that we have moved to get him in and are waiting for the Given deal to be done to release the money . Onuhora plus Johnson and money to buy or loan Saviola .
    I know it aint gonna happen but dreaming cant hurt .

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  • gggrrrr

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Saviola is quality and the two argentinians that we have already might give us a leg up over the likes of Everton and Portsmouth who are also alledgedly interested in him.

    He is very similar to Owen though and I honestly think that even someone like Drogba or Van Nistlerooy would struggle to score goals for us given our current midfield.

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  • Alex

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #36

    with Barton back from injury our midfield has a little bit more creativity , if we could get Johnson in then that pair along with Jonas and Lovenkrands may just do the trick .

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #37

    ALEX

    If Saviola says he does not mind going to “a small club” so to speak, why would we want to sign him. His attitude stinks before he has even signed for anyone.

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  • toonarmy09

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Is johnson really an alcoholic ???heard a few rumours he is like !!

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  • toonarmy09

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #39

    ha ha benitez not named robbie keane is his squad for todays game .bbc are saying could he have played his last game for liverpool ????

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Jan 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Citeh wanna do a straight swap, Onouha, Richards, Sturridge and Elano for Ameobi but apparently Ashley’s waiting for a better offer !!!!

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