There’s news today that Newcastle and Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, may be ready to leave Newcastle United for Italian club Roma.
Jonss Gutierrez – seems his agent wants the move
The Argentina international surprisingly remained at Newcastle after the club was relegated last May.
And only a week or so ago, Argentine manager Diego Maradona was quoted as saying he would be happier if Jonas was playing in a better league than the English second division.
That’s about one of Maradona’s favorite players and one who will likely be a starter for Argentina in the World Cup next summer in South Africa.
Jonas hasn’t lived up to his early form since joining Newcastle.
He was outstanding in our first league game last season at Manchester United (1-1), when Kevin Keegan was still manager.
But let’s be honest about Jonas – he just cannot score goals, although he seems a smashing lad.
If his miss last Saturday against Doncaster, or his miss at Hull City earlier this year are anything to go by, he’ll only ever score for the Magpies if the ball cannons off him into the net, without him knowing what happened. 😀
If some team are willing to come in for him and pay Newcastle at least £6M, that would be a decent deal for the club, as long as we brought in a goal-scoring winger in his place.
But Chris Hughton could use that £6M wisely – for instance to buy both Danny Simpson and Zurab Khizanishvili, and still have some of the £6M left over to use on other new players.
Jonas’ agent, Pedro Jimenez-Bravo, is quoted in The People as saying:
“We know European clubs are interested.”
“We have held meetings with Newcastle but there is an option for the player to leave – although it must be a good offer.”
Now we don’t know whether to believe that statement or not, becasue over the last 30 months or so we’ve been in business, we know there have been quotes put in papers like the People, and they just have not been accurate – and in some cases were never even said.
So we have no idea if this story has any credance to it at all – but if it is true we think it’s a fairly simple decision for the Newcastle club.
If Jonas is keen to leave Tyneside then let him go – just ensure we recuperate (at least) the £6M we paid Real Mallorca for the player – and that the totsal amount be handed to Chris Hughton to buy new players in January.
The 26-year-old moved to St James’ Park from Real Mallorca in July, 2008 where he did manage to score 5 goals in 96 games, but he is still to score at Newcastle, after playing 43 games on Tyneside.
Before he joined Real Mallorca he was at Vélez Sársfield from 2001 until 2005 and in 96 games for the Argentine club he scored a single goal.
He’s scored one goal for Argentina in 14 International games and is a regular starter for Argentina under Diego Maradona.
What do you think about this?