Newcastle fans can be excused from remembering that we still have Uruguyan International midfielder Ignacio Gonzales at the club, on a season long loan from Valencia, since he only appeared just twice for Newcastle, before he picked up a long term Achilles injury.
Ignacio Gonzalez – lost season for the Uruguayan International
In fact we fully expected the Uruguayan to return to Valencia last month, after Joe Kinnear had indicated that would probably happen, but he’s still at the Newcastle club, spending his time in the injury room where apparently he got to know Mark Viduka very well. 😀
The Uruguay international arrived at St James’ Park on the final day of the August transfer window with Xisco, just before the volcano erupted between Kevin and the Newcastle Board.
The midfielder, who we remember is nicknamed Nacho, scored 45 goals in 170 appearances for Danubio in Uruguay, and was very keen to do well in England before getting the dreaded injury, that seems to affect so many of our players.
Chris Hughton told the Chronicle this morning:
“I’m sure we will see Nacho this season.” “I really do feel for him.”
“It’s been incredibly frustrating for him.” “This is a lad who has missed most of the season apart from two appearances against Hull and West Ham.”
“He’s missed almost every game.” “I feel for him because he came here on a year’s loan to show what he can do.”
“He came here to play and that has been the big disappointment for him.”
Gonzalez has been scheduled for a mid-March return fro many months now, and we still don’t know what will happen with him, or whether he will very play again for Newcastle United.
When he did play he looked a decent player, but through no fault of his own his loan spell on Tyneside has been a disaster for all parties involved.
It would be nice if he does come back and helps us win a few games in the latter part of the season, and then at least he will accomplished something for himself and Newcastle, but it’s got to be frustrating for the lad.
After the 3-1 loss at West Ham shortly following Keegan’s departure from Newcastle, for the second time, Ignacio had said:
“I am here for a one-year deal but maybe this could be permanent if it goes well.
“I came to Newcastle to play games and the Premier League is one of the best stages in the world to do that.”
We hope to see Ignacio back in mid-March, which is just over 3 weeks away, and we will still will have 10 league games to play, so he can still do a job for us.
It would be good if he can come in and play really well for Newcastle in the latter part of the season, and help us to safety, but he’ll have a hard job getting in the team with Nolan, Guthrie, Butt and Barton all fit.